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
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
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 […]