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.
Jamie Minter folded back the lid to a cardboard box she had dragged out of the garage. Class pictures, lesson plans, a teacher of the year plaque and a host of other mementos from her 16 years as a public school teacher were inside, instantly filling her with memories of when she was an elementary school teacher a year ago. “You know when you listen to a song and it puts you back in that place where you heard it for the first time?” Minter asks as she took a stack of student letters out of the box. “This box is like a song. Going through this, it felt like I was back in that classroom. I remember what it felt like walking on the […]
An Oklahoma City teacher’s powerful open letter about the struggles of teaching is gaining a lot of attention online. Steven Wedel’s brutally honest blog post is shedding light on issues many parents and lawmakers need to address. In his post, Wedel talks about giving his students food when they haven’t eaten enough, staying after school with students who don’t want to go home to their parents, living in fear due to massive budget cuts and dealing with mandates that lawmakers have passed that make it more difficult to be a teacher in Oklahoma. READ FULL STORY ON NBC 4