9,500 students down: Pandemic prompts 1st enrollment decline in nearly two decades for Oklahoma public schools

BY ANDREA EGER
Tulsa World
01/13/2021 03:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
According to the annual Oct. 1 student count, overall enrollment was down 9,537 students, or 1.36%, to 694,113 students total. LEE ENTERPRISES GRAPHIC
Oklahoma’s public school enrollment has seen its first downturn in 19 years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the biggest hits have been to pre-k and kindergarten.

According to the annual Oct. 1 student count, overall enrollment was down 9,537 students, or 1.36%, to 694,113 students total.

Just a year earlier, the state’s student count of 703,650 was noted by officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Education for being the first-ever instance of public school enrollment exceeding 700,000.

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Oklahoma public school enrollment had been on the rise every year since 2002.

Every single traditional school district in Tulsa County posted losses, with the hardest-hit being Keystone, Owasso and Tulsa, in that order.

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