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Education cuts could shorten school week, dispel arts and athletic programs

OK (KSWO)- A survey shows that school districts in Oklahoma are considering going to four-day school weeks or getting rid of arts and athletic programs if education funding is cut this year.

Districts representing about two-thirds of the state replied to the survey, which found that 69-percent of districts expect their class sizes to grow.

Nearly all districts that responded said they are considering cuts to arts, summer programs and field trips. Oklahoma lawmakers say they are trying to avoid slashing schools' budgets.

"Once again, I expect that common education for public schools will be protected," said Charles McCall, the Speaker of the House.

In a statement, Governor Mary Fallin said funding public schools has always been a priority for her administration. She said she is waiting to hear proposals on how to expand revenue sources to avoid a more than $800 million shortfall expected in the next fiscal year.

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