It is plenty tough to be an educator, especially in Oklahoma. The pay is bad, the respect is bad, and the confirmation of Devos to Secretary of Education is going to make it tougher.
I have two issues that I think will affect us right away. The pressure to have charter schools in Oklahoma when the state and schools are already broke – is only going to increase with someone like DeVos at the helm. My husband also talks about “squirrels” or diversions.. The pay for Superintendents is our squirrel and in the end, even if its a charter school – teachers are not going to be paid well and a business model – just leaves our students behind.. However, expect that momentum to create more charters to pick up in Oklahoma.. its so odd to me though, because I don’t know of any business that buys into something that someone says is not generating money.. I know that Charters are big money, but its all at the expense of our students.
Issue 2: Student loans – We in Higher education better keep our eyes on this one, folks.. Yikes..
First, Trump wants to repeal the Dodd Frank Act – which put in place some protections about borrowing. And with Devos in charge of Education – I only worry that interest rates, and borrowing is going to go up.. And then Pell grants will go down..
I am currently reading Paying the Price by Sarah Goldrick Rab. She is speaking at OU on Tuesday February 21st.. It about student loans and the debt that students rae getting into..
Guys this is the next Subprime mortgage crisis.. One of the senators (Jack Reed RI) was holding the floor last night talked about how Realtors have come to him and said that they cannot sell houses to young people because they have too much student loan debt. Folks if they can’t spend money, our economy is in trouble. Even though she has never had a student loan in her family, I sure hope that people keep their eyes on the economy – if we cripple our young people.. we are all in real trouble.
So remember that Betsy Devos is over both K-12 and higher education..
The hardest part for me now is to not lose hope.. I called, I tweeted, and Senator Lankford (especially) and Senator Inhofe – I know you did not value my input, but now I will not go away.. I am watching you, and looking forward to your challengers who really care about Oklahoma students both K-12 and higher education. And Senator Lankford, I am not going to “move on”