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Student surge leaves Oklahoma schools struggling

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Some Oklahoma school districts have more students than they can handle. (KTEN) Some Oklahoma school districts have more students than they can handle. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Public schools across Oklahoma are nearing capacity.

With a wide variety of jobs available, more people are moving to the Sooner State with children in tow.  But that leaves some districts struggling to find the required resources for a growing student population. 

"In our community, we have a lot of chance and opportunity for jobs, and that's going to bring people in," said Silo Public Schools Superintendent Kate McDonald. "There's new housing additions to go along with those jobs, so as long as that's consistent here within the Durant area and in Texoma in general, that's going to continue to bring in families."

"It does help the economy in some areas, but it also brings an influx of students with no more money going on the tax rolls to help support those students' education as they enter our schools," added Durant High School science teacher Jon Hazell.

After the Oklahoma teacher walkout last April, educators have seen some improvements, but some say it's just not enough, especially with higher enrollment figures.

"Our number of students in Oklahoma has grown immensely, and especially at our school in particular," McDonald said. "We've seen this increase over the last several years, and we don't see any end to that at this time."

Along with the student surge, Oklahoma public schools still need more teachers.

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