Lack of Teachers

Resident:

Karen Grissom, South Oklahoma City

 

 

Context: Grissom said her concern with teacher shortages is an ongoing issue. Her children are now adults, but she experienced this same problem when they were in school. She believes schools can’t effectively reach each child with current student-teacher ratios, which are among the highest in the nation.


Response:

Charles Tompkins, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

 

 

Context: Tompkins said Oklahoma City Public Schools has struggled to recruit teachers for years. Challenging working conditions and teacher pay are some of the biggest problems when recruiting and retaining teachers. The district has had to get creative with its recruitment efforts in order to find more job candidates.


A Deeper Look:

Help Wanted

This table shows the number of teacher vacancies by school on the first day of class on Aug. 3, 2014, at Oklahoma City Public Schools.

SchoolVacant Positions
Thelma R Parks Elementary9
Greystone Upper Elementary7
Prairie Queen Elementary7
Columbus Elementary6
Capitol Hill Elementary5
Bodine Elementary4
Wheeler Elementary4
Capitol Hill High3
Kaiser Elementary3
North Highland Elementary3
Northwest High3
Adams Elementary2
Emerson Mid-High School2
Eugene Fields Elementary2
Gatewood Elementary2
Grant High2
Heronville Elementary2
Lee Elementary2
Oklahoma Centennial Middle/High School2
Parmelee Elementary2
Buchanan Elementary1
College, Career Readiness & Guidance Services1
Douglass Middle/High School1
Edgemere Elementary1
Green Pastures1
Hillcrest Elementary1
Jefferson Middle1
Linwood Elementary1
Oakridge Elementary1
Ridgeview Elementary1
Rockwood Elementary1
Rogers Middle1
School Psychologists1
Shidler Elementary1
Southeast High1
Southern Hills Elementary1
Speech Services1
Spencer Elementary1
Star Spencer High1
Telstar Elementary1
Title 11
Webster Middle1

Source: Oklahoma City Public Schools

Student-Teacher Rations in Oklahoma

This table shows the student-to-teacher ratios in school districts across Oklahoma for 2012-2013. The ratios include classroom teachers and teaching assistants.
DistrictStudents per Teacher
Hanna35.39
Graham34.09
Choctaw-Nicoma Park21.89
Deborah Brown (Charter)21.05
Stidham20
Garber19.48
Flower Mound19.15
Bishop19.09
Grant19.03
Owasso18.88
Union18.84
Duncan18.74
Bixby18.69
Peggs18.53
Berryhill18.4
Washington18.35
Blanchard18.34
Keys18.34
Depew18.33
Merritt18.22
Yukon18.15
Frink-Chambers18.14
Sand Springs18.09
Edmond18.07
Bethany18.06
Jenks18.02
Brushy18
Broken Arrow17.99
Noble17.84
Elgin17.73
Moffett17.71
Mustang17.67
Santa Fe South Es (Charter)17.56
Miami17.5
Discovery Schools Of Tulsa17.48
Woodward17.42
Grove17.4
Stratford17.4
Deer Creek17.37
Oak Grove17.36
Muskogee17.32
Moore17.27
Bridge Creek17.26
Oklahoma City17.26
Durant17.24
Wister17.24
Wellston17.21
Bristow17.15
Midwest City-Del City17.09
Ponca City17.09
Sperry17.09
Davenport17.03
Hugo17.03
Tulsa17.02
Dale17
Piedmont17
Skiatook16.98
Sapulpa16.97
Adair16.94
Crooked Oak16.94
Dewey16.91
Glenpool16.91
Morris16.91
Grandview16.9
Seminole16.88
Marietta16.83
Oakdale16.82
Twin Hills16.81
Collinsville16.79
Hobart16.74
Osage Hills16.73
Guthrie16.72
Pioneer16.71
Clinton16.67
Barnsdall16.63
Okay16.63
Elk City16.62
Friend16.58
Anadarko16.55
Newcastle16.54
Bethel16.52
Webbers Falls16.5
Lane16.49
Stigler16.49
Ripley16.48
Oktaha16.47
Strother16.46
Blair16.43
Calumet16.39
Pretty Water16.39
Wainwright16.38
Cleveland16.37
Silo16.37
Butner16.36
Lexington16.36
Stillwater16.36
Madill16.34
Weatherford16.33
Bartlesville16.31
Lone Star16.31
Latta16.3
Preston16.28
Pryor16.21
Oologah-Talala16.2
Allen-Bowden16.18
Norman16.18
Red Oak16.18
Shawnee16.18
Arkoma16.16
Henryetta16.16
Perry16.16
Cache16.15
Tuskahoma16.15
Fort Gibson16.14
Chickasha16.12
Purcell16.12
Mcalester16.11
Dickson16.1
Porter Consolidated16.08
Coweta16.06
Enid16.04
Plainview16.04
Luther16.03
Watonga16.03
Claremore16.02
Panama16.02
Tuttle16.02
Hilldale16.01
Spiro16.01
Grandfield16
Wynnewood15.99
Vinita15.98
Kiefer15.97
Pleasant Grove15.94
Wayne15.94
Catoosa15.93
Geronimo15.93
Jones15.93
Minco15.92
Boswell15.91
Haskell15.9
Beggs15.89
Canute15.89
Kingston15.89
Kremlin-Hillsdale15.89
Meeker15.89
Little Axe15.88
Okmulgee15.85
Warner15.85
Woodall15.84
Swink15.83
Dibble15.82
Justus-Tiawah15.79
Stroud15.79
Fairland15.76
Morrison15.76
Prague15.75
El Reno15.7
Robin Hill15.68
Lawton15.67
Middleberg15.67
Inola15.64
Kingfisher15.64
Cyril15.62
Liberty15.62
Ardmore15.61
Paden15.6
Tishomingo15.59
Poteau15.58
Verdigris15.58
Putnam City15.57
Tahlequah15.57
Lukfata15.56
Frederick15.55
Monroe15.54
Sulphur15.54
Oilton15.53
Union City15.53
Comanche15.52
Ninnekah15.52
Savanna15.5
Davis15.49
South Rock Creek15.49
Marlow15.48
Tushka15.47
Hooker15.46
Caney Valley15.45
Checotah15.45
Fox15.45
Locust Grove15.44
Verden15.44
Wilson15.42
Central High15.41
Denison15.4
Sequoyah15.39
Colbert15.38
Darlington15.38
Moseley15.38
Moss15.36
Pauls Valley15.36
Grove15.33
Salina15.32
North Rock Creek15.3
Broken Bow15.28
Guymon15.28
Tyrone15.26
Mannford15.25
Roland15.25
Stringtown15.24
Sayre15.23
Tupelo15.23
Empire15.2
Ringwood15.17
Wagoner15.17
Crescent15.16
Fletcher15.16
Healdton15.16
Jay15.14
Bearden15.13
Howe15.13
Rock Creek15.13
Banner15.12
Hinton15.12
Pocola15.1
Turner15.09
Chandler15.07
Vian15.05
Millwood15.03
Lone Grove15.01
Harmony15
Harrah15
Varnum15
Cushing14.99
Tecumseh14.97
Gore14.96
Lindsay14.96
Chisholm14.95
Dewar14.93
Waukomis14.93
Mcloud14.92
Hulbert14.91
Yale14.91
Byng14.9
Sterling14.88
Whitefield14.88
Hodgen14.87
Idabel14.87
Riverside14.87
Quapaw14.86
Haworth14.85
Fairview14.83
Fort Cobb-Broxton14.83
Wilson14.82
Midway14.8
Tenkiller14.8
Mccord14.78
Blackwell14.77
Kellyville14.75
Maud14.74
Stilwell14.73
Woodland14.73
Cement14.71
Perkins-Tryon14.71
Westville14.71
Hartshorne14.69
Konawa14.68
Oklahoma Union14.68
Grand View14.67
Krebs14.65
Mounds14.64
Quinton14.63
Altus14.61
Alex14.58
Chelsea14.58
Holdenville14.58
Binger-Oney14.57
Anderson14.54
Antlers14.54
Sallisaw14.54
Muldrow14.53
Amber-Pocasset14.52
Hennessey14.52
Roff14.52
Watts14.5
Wyandotte14.48
Eufaula14.39
Western Heights14.37
Mason14.29
Commerce14.28
Hominy14.27
Cordell14.24
Allen14.23
Maysville14.23
Tonkawa14.22
Pawnee14.21
Agra14.2
Elmore City-Pernell14.2
Kinta14.2
Forest Grove14.19
Drumright14.13
Indiahoma14.13
Velma-Alma14.13
Lookeba Sickles14.12
Newkirk14.12
Stonewall14.1
Foyil14.09
Pawhuska14.09
Gans14.06
Colcord14.05
Buffalo14.02
Crowder14.02
Thackerville14.01
Avant14
Walters13.99
Cashion13.98
Vanoss13.97
Pioneer-Pleasant Vale13.96
Whitebead13.96
Okemah13.94
Valliant13.94
Calera13.93
Stuart13.92
Laverne13.91
Mangum13.9
Prue13.9
Soper13.9
Clayton13.88
Copan13.88
Burns Flat-Dill City13.84
Wewoka13.83
Macomb13.82
Rush Springs13.79
Tannehill13.79
Glencoe13.77
Paoli13.77
Carnegie13.72
Rattan13.72
Porum13.69
Oaks-Mission13.65
Wilburton13.65
Zaneis13.65
Caney13.64
Medford13.64
Kansas13.63
Sharon-Mutual13.61
Briggs13.59
Central13.59
Asher13.57
Ketchum13.55
Shidler13.54
Ada13.53
Jennings13.53
Rocky Mountain13.53
Glover13.5
Albion13.49
Covington-Douglas13.48
South Coffeyville13.44
Afton13.42
Heavener13.41
Thomas-Fay-Custer Unified Dist13.4
Leach13.33
Wetumka13.32
Haywood13.3
Liberty13.3
Navajo13.29
Waurika13.27
Pond Creek-Hunter13.25
Zion13.25
Alva13.23
Mooreland13.23
Norwood13.23
Caddo13.2
Drummond13.2
Haileyville13.2
Hammon13.2
Wapanucka13.2
Chouteau-Mazie13.17
Granite13.16
Kiowa13.14
Olive13.14
Cameron13.13
Nowata13.12
Mccurtain13.11
Farris13.1
Buffalo Valley13.09
Maryetta13.09
Battiest13.08
Holly Creek13.06
Waynoka13.03
Keystone13.02
Vici13.02
Osage13
Snyder12.99
Carney12.94
Lowrey12.94
Bowlegs12.91
Earlsboro12.91
Hollis12.89
Okeene12.89
Beaver12.84
Sentinel12.84
Achille12.83
Talihina12.82
Moyers12.8
Shady Point12.8
Bluejacket12.76
Peckham12.76
Pittsburg12.75
Fort Towson12.71
Ringling12.71
Bokoshe12.7
Boise City12.68
Terral12.68
Cave Springs12.66
Hydro-Eakly12.6
Maple12.6
Arapaho-Butler12.59
Turkey Ford12.58
Mulhall-Orlando12.51
Spavinaw12.5
Boone-Apache12.49
Goodwell12.46
Crutcho12.45
Fanshawe12.45
Le Flore12.42
Erick12.41
Milburn12.39
Cherokee12.38
White Rock12.38
Coleman12.36
Peavine12.33
New Lima12.32
Duke12.31
Kenwood12.31
Wright City12.29
Weleetka12.28
Keota12.27
Lomega12.25
Coyle12.19
Mountain View-Gotebo12.18
Wanette12.16
Cimarron12.11
Shattuck12.09
Schulter12.07
Chattanooga12
Bennington11.98
Welch11.97
Atoka11.93
Gracemont11.92
Whitesboro11.8
Dover11.78
Braggs11.75
Mannsville11.75
Turpin11.72
Cheyenne11.71
Texhoma11.71
Greenville11.68
Cottonwood11.67
Belfonte11.66
Coalgate11.61
Dahlonegah11.6
Bray-Doyle11.48
Canadian11.42
Sasakwa11.34
Canton11.33
Seiling11.29
Indianola11.28
Okarche11.26
Smithville11.25
Geary11.23
Bowring11.13
Springer11.11
Optima11.08
Fargo10.95
Cleora10.92
Tipton10.86
Justice10.8
Forgan10.79
Calvin10.78
Kildare10.71
Ryan10.57
Big Pasture10.56
Leedey10.5
Frontier10.48
White Oak10.39
Temple10.28
Milfay10.23
Wickliffe10.23
Eagletown10.22
Panola10.19
Wynona10.19
Timberlake10.12
Cherokee Immersion Charter Sch10
Mill Creek10
Nashoba10
Shady Grove10
Balko9.76
Skelly9.64
Marble City9.62
Olustee9.62
Eldorado9.6
Burlington9.57
Arnett9.56
Deer Creek-Lamont9.43
Aline-Cleo9.3
Lone Wolf9.03
Gypsy8.97
Straight8.47
Felt7.98
Davidson7.44
Ravia7.38
Byars7.36
Fort Supply7.27
Reydon7.25
Freedom7.21
Gage7.21
Greasy7.21
Hardesty7.19
Dustin6.96
Yarbrough6.86
Keyes6.67
Sweetwater6.42
Billings6.1
Ryal5.9
Taloga5.71
Alexis Rainbow (Charter)NA
Atoka-Coal Counties IlcNA
Autry Technology CenterNA
Caddo-Kiowa Technology CenterNA
Canadian ValleyNA
Canadian ValleyNA
Central TechNA
Chisholm Trail Technology CtrNA
Choctaw Nation IlcNA
Eastern Okla County Tech. CtrNA
Five-Star IlcNA
Francis TuttleNA
Gordon Cooper Technology CtrNA
Great PlainsNA
Great PlainsNA
Green Country Technology CtrNA
High Plains TechNA
Indian Capital Technology CtrNA
Indian Capital Technology CtrNA
Indian Capital Technology CtrNA
Indian Capital Technology CtrNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- AtokaNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- DurantNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- HugoNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- IdabelNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- McalesterNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- PoteauNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- StiglerNA
Kiamichi Tech. Center- TalihinaNA
Lakeside SchoolNA
Meridian Technology CenterNA
Metro TechNA
Mid-America Technology CenterNA
Mid-Del Technology CenterNA
Moore Norman Technology CenterNA
Newnet 66 IlcNA
Northeast Tech. Center- AftonNA
Northeast Tech. Center- ClaremoreNA
Northeast Tech. Center- KansasNA
Northeast Tech. Center- PryorNA
Northwest Tech. Center- AlvaNA
Northwest Tech. Center- FairviewNA
Oklahoma School For The BlindNA
Oklahoma School For The DeafNA
Osage County IlcNA
Pioneer Technology CenterNA
Pontotoc Technology CenterNA
Pooled Investment IlcNA
Red River Technology CenterNA
Seminole County IlcNA
Southeastern Oklahoma IlcNA
Southern Okla. Technology CtrNA
Southwest Technology CenterNA
Tri-County IlcNA
Tri-County Technology CenterNA
Tulsa Technology CenterNA
Wes Watkins Technology CenterNA
Western Technology CenterNA
Western Technology CenterNA

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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