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Oklahoma Ranks Nearly Last In Education Quality

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The Sooner State ranks nearly last in the nation when it comes to education, and our partners at the Journal Record predict improvements could take years.

Education Week released its 2015 Quality County report and Oklahoma sits 48th. The report is based on school funding, kindergarten through 12th grade success and Pre-K education.

In addition to the 48th rank, the state also received D+ grade and came in almost ten points lower than the national average. Education Week researchers state high poverty rates, poor health statistics and mothers who are in jail are often reasons for lower ranked education. 

Now it's worth mentioning that Oklahoma does have the highest incarceration rate for women. Oklahoma is also 48th in state funding for schools.

State Senator A.J. Griffin from Guthrie told the Journal Record that poverty, violence and hunger must be addressed to improve schools in Oklahoma.

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