Oklahoma schools are ranked 45th overall nationally and 47th for per student funding. We’re losing teachers, young and old, to other states because our teachers haven’t had a pay raise in 8 years. Our schools are the key to Oklahoma's future, but our state leaders don't seem to care.
Tell them our students and teachers deserve better - they deserve a permanent solution.
In a WalletHub.com study titled “2016’s Best and Worst States for Teachers,” Oklahoma ranks No. 36. In “Job opportunity and competition rank,” Oklahoma is No. 25. In “Academic and Work Environment Rank,” Oklahoma is No. 37. The study reports that Oklahoma is No. 48 in “public spending per student,” ahead of Utah, Arizona and Indiana. However, the five states with the lowest teacher salaries are Arizona, West Virginia, Maine, South Dakota and Hawaii. According to the study, education jobs are some of the lowest-paying occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and their salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation. READ FULL STORY ON TULSA BEACON
In some parts of the country, it’s not just the presidential race on voters’ minds. State elections are taking center stage in some places, too, like Oklahoma, where education is at the forefront of the ballot. Teachers are upset over spending cuts and what they see as a political assault on public education. They have decided it’s time to take matters into their own hands. A record number of teachers are running for seats in the state legislature. All of this comes as Oklahoma faces tough budget decisions. READ FULL STORY ON PBS.ORG
The Oklahoma Education Coalition says 17 percent of new teachers in Oklahoma will leave the state or the profession in their first year. Pittsburg County’s Jason McMullen stayed in the profession and he spent more than a year teaching in Oklahoma towns including Carnegie and Stigler. McMullen even came back to Oklahoma after a stint in Dallas, but he said he just couldn’t make it here. READ FULL STORY ON NEWS ON 6
If Texas is like a whole other country, as the state’s tourism slogan goes, then Oklahoma is its chief teacher exporter. The latest Tulsa teacher to pack up her classroom and head 270 miles south is LeAnna Snyder, former fifth-grade teacher at Carnegie Elementary School. “Leaving Carnegie is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. My stomach was in knots for months,” Snyder said, as her eyes welled with tears. “I feel like I’m letting the children down — and my district — but I’ve stayed here as long as I can.” Snyder’s departure for a Dallas suburb wasn’t just personally devastating. It even caught the notice of Tulsa’s top public school educator, Superintendent Deborah Gist. READ FULL STORY ON TULSA WORLD