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Oklahoma education statistics
Oklahoma ranks 48th in teacher pay. The average teacher salary in Oklahoma is $45,317, about $12,000 less than the national average. For comparison: Texas is $50,017, Colorado is $49,828 and Kansas is $48,990. - National Education Association
Oklahoma had one of the lowest per-student expenditures in the 2015-2016 school year, around $8,000 per student, nearly $3,700 less than the national average. -NEA
Teachers across the country spent an average of $487 out-of-pocket to purchase items for their classrooms in the 2015-2016 school year. - Agile Education Marketing’s annual survey
Oklahoma faces a $1.3 billion budget shortfall for the current fiscal year (July 2016-June 2017), which resulted in a nearly $110 million budget cut for public education. On top of that, the State Board of Education cut $38 million from the School Activities Fund.