Oklahoma has steadily increased its support of public education over the past 25 years, but funding for school district transportation has lagged while costs have soared, according to information compiled by James White, assistant superintendent of financial services in the state Department of Education.

White said local districts are spending $120 million more on school bus transportation than they did in 1983, but state funding for transportation has gone up by only $3.2 million over the same period. He said state aid only covers 15% of local schools’ transportation expenses, including the cost of buses, fuel, and driver salaries.

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