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Governor:Mary Fallin
State Superintendent of Public Instruction:Joy Hofmeister
Quality Counts state grade:D+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:688,511
Number of school districts:600
Number of public schools:1,811
Number of public school teachers:42,073
Unadjusted education spending per student:$7,829
Percent minority students:49.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:60.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.3%
Percent of English-language learners:7.1%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.2%
8th grade math:24.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.9%
8th grade reading:28.0%

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Those who hoped for a “teacher wave” are likely to be disappointed by the election results, but many educators say the losses only strengthen their resolve to fight for better pay and school funding.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week
About a dozen teachers running for state legislative seats gathered with their supporters in Tulsa for a watch party on election night. The results were better for some than others.
November 6, 2018 – Education Week
In states with recent strikes and protests, individual teachers—some of them in their 20's and most of them with little or no organizing experience—have taken charge of the grassroots push for higher pay and more school funding.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
The Oklahoma teacher walkouts show the value in airing a state’s “dirty laundry” in public, write two civic educators.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
Union leaders in West Virginia and Oklahoma, where recent teacher strikes led to higher pay, are advising their peers in Arizona and other states on the keys to successful protests.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
It’s not just low wages that put a financial strain on teachers, write two Rutgers researchers. Rising health insurance costs take a toll too.
April 25, 2018 – Education Week
The Oklahoma teacher walkout is not just about teacher pay, explains Erin McHenry-Sober of West Virginia University.
April 3, 2018 – Education Week
Shutting down schools is a last resort, teachers say, but they've exhausted other options for getting the legislature to listen.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week

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