Oklahoma school districts
|K-12 Education in Oklahoma|
|State Superintendent: Janet Barresi|
|Number of students: 666,120|
|Number of teachers: 41,349|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:16.1|
|Number of school districts: 575|
|Number of schools: 1,774|
|Graduation rate: 78%|
|Per-pupil spending: $7,587|
|Oklahoma Department of Education|
Oklahoma school districts
List of school districts in Oklahoma
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|Public education in the United States |
Public education in Oklahoma
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Oklahoma is home to 575 school districts, 1,774 schools and 666,120 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
The follow table details the state's top 10 school districts by student enrollment and per-pupil spending.
|Student enrollment, 2011-2012||Per-pupil spending, 2011-2012|
|1.) Oklahoma City Public Schools||1.) Plainview Public Schools|
|2.) Tulsa Public Schools||2.) Greasy Public School|
|3.) Moore Public Schools||3.) Boley Public Schools|
|4.) Edmond Public Schools||4.) Dahlonegah Public School|
|5.) Putnam City Schools||5.) Bell Public School|
|6.) Broken Arrow Public Schools||6.) Sweetwater Public Schools|
|7.) Lawton Public Schools||7.) Frontier Public Schools|
|8.) Norman Public Schools||8.) Reydon Public Schools|
|9.) Union Public Schools||9.) Wakita Public Schools|
|10.) Midwest City-Del City Schools||10.) Balko Public Schools|
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Oklahoma as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic information for Oklahoma's K-12 public school system|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students||1,833||0.28%||0.42%|
|Two or more||31,169||4.68%||2.54%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
Repealing Common Core
On June 5, 2014, Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill to repeal Common Core standards. Because of this, Oklahoma immediately reverted to Priority Academic Student Skills, the standards it had in 2010, prior to adopting Common Core. In addition to repealing Common Core, the bill stipulated that the state set new education standards by 2016, and that those standards be subject to review by the Oklahoma State Legislature.
To establish the new state education standards, the state was split into 12 regions by population, and each region was given the ability to develop and suggest new standards. More than 60 percent of the school districts in the state, however, had already changed their curriculum to reflect Common Core standards. Rather than start from scratch, opponents of the repeal said the state should have modified the standards, as an executive order by Gov. Fallin allowed the state to do. Some expressed doubts that the state could establish new standards by 2016, and many expressed concern that the Priority Academic Student Skills standards were not rigorous enough in the meantime. Those who supported the decision to repeal Common Core said that growing federal control over the standards had made them complicated and inflexible, and Gov. Fallin said she thought the state could develop better standards than Common Core.
School board composition
School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards have varying numbers of members, and those members can serve three-year, four-year, five-year or seven-year terms.
School district types
Oklahoma has a number of different types of school districts, including:
- Independent school districts
- Elementary school districts
- Technology center school districts
All of these school district types are governed by elected school boards that have some degree of financing power over their school district.
Oklahoma does not impose statewide term limits on school boards.
School board elections
- See also: Oklahoma school board elections, 2014
A total of 13 Oklahoma school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 16 seats. Each district held elections on February 11, 2014.
Here are several quick facts about Oklahoma's school board elections in 2014:
- The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Oklahoma City Public Schools with 42,989 K-12 students.
- The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2014 was Owasso Public Schools with 9,143 K-12 students.
- Moore Public Schools, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools had the most seats on the ballot in 2014 with two seats up for election in each district.
- Ten districts were tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2014 with one seat up for election in each district.
The districts listed below served 253,114 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.
|2014 Oklahoma School Board Elections|
|District||Date||Seats up for election||Total board seats||Student enrollment|
|Broken Arrow Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||16,732|
|Edmond Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||21,344|
|Jenks Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||10,371|
|Lawton Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||16,199|
|Midwest City-Del City Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||14,753|
|Moore Public Schools||2/11/2014||2||5||22,226|
|Mustang Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||9,213|
|Norman Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||14,644|
|Oklahoma City Public Schools||2/11/2014||2||7||42,989|
|Owasso Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||9,143|
|Putnam City Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||19,068|
|Tulsa Public Schools||2/11/2014||2||7||41,501|
|Union Public Schools||2/11/2014||1||5||14,931|
Path to the ballot
In order to qualify as a candidate, an individual must:
- Be a resident and registered voter in the school district the candidate seeks to represent for at least six months before the filing period for the election begins.
- Not have been convicted of a felony by federal or state law or have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement.
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent certificate.
- If an incumbent, have taken the required number of continuing education credits.
- Not be related by second degree or more by blood or marriage to an employee of the school district or current member of the school board.
To get on the ballot, school board candidates must file election documents with their county elections department during the filing period.
School board candidates that intend to receive or spend $500 or more during their campaign are required to file campaign finance reports for all contributions and expenditures. These reports must be filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. Before filing these reports, candidates must file forms to designate a campaign agent and a register a committee.
- School board elections portal
- United States school districts
- List of school districts in Oklahoma
- Oklahoma State Department of Education
- Public education in Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Secretary of State
- Oklahoma State Department of Education
- Oklahoma State School Boards Association
- Oklahoma Education Association
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 13, 2013
- Oklahoma State Department of Education, "State Board of Education," accessed August 12, 2013
- Oklahoma State Department of Education, "10 Largest Public School Districts," accessed July 10, 2014
- Homesurfer, "School District Ranking Report," accessed July 10, 2014
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Politico, "Mary Fallin signs bill repealing the Common Core," June 5, 2014
- Fox News, "Oklahoma repeals Common Core education standards," June 5, 2014
- News 9, "Growing Concerns Over Curriculum For Oklahoma Schools," June 26, 2014
- Oklahoma Department of Education, "Local School Boards of Education," accessed July 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma," accessed July 10, 2014
- National School Boards Association, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
- Muskogee Phoenix, "School board elections filing set," November 19, 2012
- Oklahoma Ethics Commission, "Forms for Local Campaign Reporting," accessed July 10, 2014
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