B.A. Schools Get $297,800 from Cherokee Nation

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MOST VALUED FRIENDS’:  Superintendent Janet Dunlop says annual donations from the Cherokee Nation have been “life savers” for many vital educational programs – including equipping Broken Arrow Public Schools’ newest elementary school that is scheduled to open next year near 101st Street and the Creek Expressway.

By BOB LEWIS
Contributing Editor
 
The Cherokee Nation has awarded $6 million to 108 Oklahoma school districts this year. More than 297,800 of those dollars are earmarked for Broken Arrow Public Schools.
The newest round of donations brings to $62.3 million the amount contributed by the tribe to public education since 2002. This year’s awards total is the largest since the Cherokee Nation began allocating 38 percent of its license plate fees to public education.
Districts are given total discretion in how they apply the funding, which is distributed based on the number of Cherokee Nation citizens enrolled. In recent years, it has been used to make up for gaps in district budgets for teachers’ salaries, operations, technology upgrades and school programs.
BA Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said, “Our tribal partners continue to be one of our most valued friends to Broken Arrow schools. The Cherokee Tag funds support things that are difficult for us to reach through our state funding alone such as fully equipping our new elementary No.16 for the 2020-2021 school year.
”Throughout the state funding cuts of the last decade, these tribal funds have been life savers for our schools to maintain many of our vital educational programs.”
Also pointing to a lack of adequate public education funding provided by the state, Cherokee Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said “public school students in Oklahoma deserve access to the best instructors, the best technology, the best programs, the best of everything if our goal is to be a top 10 state in this country,” He also suggested state lawmakers “ought to follow the lead of the Cherokee Nation.”
 
 
 

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