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 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
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