Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Back to School!

Are all your little (and not so little) ones back in school yet? Fall classes at Oregon's major public universities don't start until next Monday (9/30), but the primary and secondary education is in full swing. Here's a bit about education in our state, by the numbers:

982,675 (nearly one million!) Oregonians age 3 and older were enrolled in school in 2012.
50.7% of Oregon students qualified for free and reduced-price lunch (2010-11).

28,109 full-time equivalent teachers work in Oregon’s public schools (2010-11).
20.3 to 1: Oregon's student-to-teacher ratio (2010-11); nationwide, the average was 16 to 1.
$55,779 is the median annual wage of elementary school teachers in Oregon in 2013. 

Back-to-School Shopping 
Oregon doesn't lack options for back-to-school shopping. In 2012, there were 6,543 family clothing stores; 753 children and infants clothing stores; 2,366 shoe stores; 1,576 office supply and stationery stores; 4,570 sporting goods stores; 1,568 bookstores; and 15,047 department stores.

90% of Oregonians have at least a high school diploma (or equivalent)
30% of Oregonians have a Bachelor's degree or more education

Pssst... to learn more about education in Oregon, read last week's blog post on associate's degrees in Oregon.

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