Oklahoma classrooms are filled with emergency certified teachers. There are nearly 3,000 such instructors statewide. Oklahoma School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister wants that number dramatically reduced. She would like the number reduced by 95%.
The superintendent also says Oklahoma must reduce its class size average. She wants the teacher-to-student ratio returned to 1990 figures under house bill 1017.
That will take money from the state legislature. Hofmeister has request $3.3 billion to fund education in the next budget.