TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:
- More than 40,000 students headed back to school today in Tulsa, but one group of third graders were in for a big surprise as they started class.
- Dr. Deboarh Gist, superintendent at Tulsa Public Schools, started the year as their teacher.
- She and other administrators are helping out in the classroom while the district fills open positions.
- Gist told FOX23 state budget cuts keep teacher pay low, so some Tulsa teachers decided to work elsewhere, making it more difficult to fill positions.
- She said the students were unphased by her role as teacher.
- More than 30 other administrators are reportedly filling teaching positions in the district.
- Gist said some of the positions in question are in the process of being filled.
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