State Superintendent calls for more funding to support growing PK-12 enrollment


    Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is calling for adequate funding as the number of students in Oklahoma public schools increases.

    Enrollment numbers statewide increased from 694,816 for the 2017-18 school year to 698,586 for 2018-19, according to the Oklahoma Department of Education.

    “As our student population grows year after year, Oklahoma must be prepared to meet a greater set of education challenges than ever before,” Hofmeister in a release.

    “We must continue to focus on such priorities as a robust pipeline of trained educators in our classrooms, adequate funding to reduce class sizes and a counselor corps to address the trauma our children bring into the schoolhouse and the individual career planning that will ensure they have the opportunity for a successful future.”

    Statewide PK-12 enrollment continues to rise (Provided by Oklahoma Department of Education)

    The figures were released along with other information collected on Oct. 1, 2018, for the 2018-19 academic year.

    The data released included figures for statewide enrollment by race/ethnicity.

    Statewide Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity for 2018-19 (Provided by Oklahoma Department of Education)

    They also broke down the top school districts by enrollment.

    1. Oklahoma City, 44,138
    2. Tulsa, 39,056
    3. Edmond, 25,281
    4. Moore, 24,638
    5. Putnam City, 19,419
    6. Broken Arrow, 19,070
    7. Norman, 16,085
    8. Union, 15,773
    9. Midwest City-Del City, 14,097
    10. Lawton, 13,799

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