Senator Steve Oelrich Addresses School Budget Cuts
Story By: Brittany Soeder WCJB-TV 20 News.
When parents learned financial cuts in funding may do away with teachers and programs next school year, they gathered last minute to get a clear understanding from Senator Steve Oelrich. Due to lower sales tax revenue, state lawmakers cut funding to public schools this year. Some parents still hoped that lawmakers would dip into the state's rainy day fund to offset school budget cuts, but Senator Steve Oelrich said that was not going to happen. Oelrich says the bottom line with school funding is that they don't have as much money as last year. Oelrich said there will be no quick fixes for school funding. Both parties involved say the the meeting with Senator Oelrich and his staff went over well and questions are now answered. Oelrich said he understands the parent's concern having three sons go through Alachua County School System. Senator Oelrich says every agency in state and local government have had to cut back and Alachua County Schools will do the same. The Senator is scheduling a townhall meeting for the beginning of September to address the following school year.
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