Budget & Tax , Education
Curtis Shelton | September 29, 2020
How much does the Oklahoma State Department of Education spend?
The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is one of the state’s largest agencies in terms of appropriations and total spending. In 2020 the OSDE received $3.07 billion of the state’s $8.2 billion in state appropriations, a 5.4 percent increase from 2019.
Source: Oklahoma Senate Appropriations Reports
While the dollar amount appropriated to the OSDE increased in fiscal year 2020, its share of the appropriated budget dropped slightly. That $3.07 billion makes up 37.4 percent of Oklahoma’s total appropriated budget, down from 37.9 percent in 2019.
It’s important to note that Oklahoma’s appropriated budget only makes up a portion of total state spending. In fiscal year 2020 the State of Oklahoma spent a total of $28.9 billion (of which $8.2 billion was appropriated). The OSDE received a total of $9.8 billion, a 7.2 percent increase from fiscal year 2019. This $9.8 billion is 34 percent of total state spending, which was unchanged from fiscal year 2019.
Policy Research Fellow
Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.