Despite hiring 126 new teachers last year to fill 150 vacancies, Oklahoma City Public Schools plans to slash 200 teaching positions next school year in response to the state’s budget crisis.
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OKCPS to eliminate over 200 teaching positions
Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu says the cuts come as district faces a “catastrophic” budget crisis. The district plans to eliminate 208 classroom teaching positions for the 2016-2017 school year in the wake of a $30 million budget shortfall.
The move will increase class sizes district-wide and is expected to save the district approximately $8 million. The district expects the eliminated positions to be “absorbed through attrition and non-continuing contracts”. OKCPS currently employs 2,700 teachers district-wide with approximately 1,100 of those on non-continuing contracts.
Non-continuing contracts expire annually unless renewed.