TULSA, OK (KWTV)- State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is working to improve education in the state by addressing the needs of Native American students. There are currently 130,000 Native American students enrolled in Oklahoma schools.
The Oklahoma Department of Education and tribal leaders are meeting to talk about education.
"We know that we are in a state that is in turmoil with education, we hope that we can be a force that can help stabilize it, bring people together and have dialogue like we're doing today so that we can have plans for the future," said Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, allows tribes to consult with their local school districts to make sure the schools reflect their history, culture and language in an effort to improve education.
"We are ready to roll up our sleeves, listen, ask questions and really hear and act on what we hear as school districts throughout the state," Hofmeister said.
In a time when education funding in Oklahoma is at an all time low, leaders at the summit want to make sure every school district meeting these requirements get the federal dollars associated with it.
"We are concerned and we hope that turns around," Floyd said. "We can't be at the bottom of funding in the nation and expect high results."
The state Department of Education has come up with a consultation guide that was passed out at the summit, and it includes everything from questions that districts and tribes should be asking each other, as well as what tribes' school districts need to be reaching out to.