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OKC Public Schools slashing 208 teaching jobs

Posted at 3:35 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 16:35:36-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City Public Schools will slash its teaching workforce as the district faces what it describes as a "catastrophic budget crisis."

The state's largest district announced Wednesday in a statement that it will eliminate 208 teaching positions for the 2016-17 school year to save an estimated $8 million annually at a time when state revenues are falling short, leading to cuts in funding to education and other services.

School spokesman Mark Myers says the cuts will affect teachers on non-continuing contracts.

Officials anticipate class sizes will increase throughout the district, but stay within state-mandated classroom requirements.

Myers said the most recent information shows the district with 2,690 teachers and 45,648 students in the 2014-15 school year.