Oklahoma City Schools cuts teachers

Wednesday, June 11th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma City School District will cut 354 teachers this fall to save money, officials said.

School districts across the state are experiencing budget problems. The state has made $352 million in budget cuts this year because of declining tax revenues and a sluggish economy.

Human resource department officials met with secondary-school principals Tuesday to explain the staffing formula. The job cuts will save $11.5 million.

The district has chosen to follow a staffing formula this fall as proposed by the Council of Great City Schools, a national organization of urban school districts.

About 2,400 teachers will return to the district's 90 school sites in the fall. Student enrollment is about 40,270 students, resulting in a student-to-teacher ratio of about 17-1.