State Department of Education got another $40 million

The Oklahoma State Board of Education (OSBE) approved the reallocation of $3.4 million in previously mandated cuts to the Support of Public School Activities.

The funds were part of the $40.2 million returned to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) earlier this month in Fiscal Year 2016.

The total appropriation to the Support of Public School Activities, also known as the Public School Activities Fund, was reduced by $13.8 million by two state revenue shortfalls in December 2015 and March 2016.

Support of Public School Activities provides support for professional development, advanced placement teacher training and fee assistance, and Sooner Start.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services returned $40.2 million to OSDE because final reconciliation of FY 2016 revenues confirmed the necessary midyear reduction should have been 4.4 percent rather than the 7 percent that was cut.

Also, the OSBE approved 196 applications for emergency teaching certificates, bringing the total to 926 for the first three months of FY 2017. The OSBE approved a record 1,063 emergency certifications in FY 2016.