So as we speak, the Governor has called a special session to require legislators in Oklahoma to fix the budget that is more messed up due to the Cigarette tax debacle. https://www.sanditepride.com/local-news/170922-legislature
So one of the items on their agenda is a teacher pay raise.. and I definitely agree .. that it is long overdue. As we have fallen quickly to last in the nation for teacher pay, and far below our region, we needed to act on this years ago..
However, one of the arguments is that teachers are paid too much. they only work 8 to 3 and they have the summers off..
Seriously? Then they must not know teachers…
So let me show you what I see right now in my @OUeducation College of Education. There are about 50 teachers in our building today who have already spent 5 days in summer and many who have
driven 3 hours or more to learn about teaching coding using the Code.org curriculum. They will meet one weekend every quarter for the rest of the year to continue their learning. They are not being reimbursed, but they are are here because they care about the future of Oklahoma and want to learn more to be better teachers.
This is not the exception to the rule, this is what teachers do, they do professional development, often on their own dime to make themselves better teachers and advance our state forward.
Our lunch conversation was not idle chitchat, it was how can we move our state forward and keep us from falling behind. These educators are concerned and working hard to do whatever they can do to make it a reality at least in their own classroom or school.
So let me say, if that is the conversation that teachers are having when they give up their weekend to learn more to advance our state, I better be hearing the same kind of conversations by our Oklahoma legislators. What decisions do we need to make now to advance our state and keep us from falling behind further??!!
Legislators, if you are unsure what are some things we can do, then go to a local school and ask a teacher. They work every day to ensure Oklahoma’s future – no matter their politics. And they deserve to be paid appropriately since they are future of Oklahoma.