Numbers of the Day

From our friends at OK Policy Institute:

· 40.2% – Poverty rate for Black children in Oklahoma, nearly double the statewide child poverty rate (21.5%).

· 8th – Oklahoma’s national ranking for greatest number of instructional days lost due to out-of-school suspension for black students in 2015-2016, at 93 days of instruction lost per 100 students.

· 79% – Percentage increase in general fund spending on Oklahoma corrections since 1987

· 11.8% – Chronic absence rate for Oklahoma students in the 2015-16 school year, below the national average of 15.5%.

· -37.3% – How much Oklahoma’s per-student state funding for higher education decreased from 2008 to 2018, after inflation, the 4th largest cuts in the U.S.

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