CORRECTED: Enrollment in Oklahoma schools increases sharply in past five years

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Editors, Reporters: This release contains a corrected chart of the 10 largest school districts. Enrollment figures for 2012 were incorrect for some districts on the original.

Enrollment in Oklahoma schools increases sharply in past five years 

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 14, 2014) — The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.

"Because of this sharp growth in enrollment over the past five years," said state Superintendent Janet Barresi, "I have asked for additional funding for schools from the state Legislature. I'm pleased that even in a tight revenue year, Gov. Fallin has proposed a significant increase for K-12 education.

"Additional funding certainly isn't the sole answer, but we are working  to ensure that common education receives as much funding as possible given fiscal realities. I also continue to ask local school boards and administrators to do their best to get dollars to the classroom so our teachers are better equipped to teach this growing number of students.”