Restructuring schools: History of Oklahoma sheds light on reasons behind high ranking in number of school districts
Oklahoma’s rural history sheds light on why the state ranks eighth in the nation for the number of school districts per capita in a state.
In the late 1800s, even before statehood, there was a law in the Oklahoma Territory that each township would have four school districts.
This led to a situation where, by 1907, when the state was created, there were 5,656 districts, according to the state Education Department.
That number decreased to 4,869 in 1930, 2,177 in 1950 and 653 by 1970.
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