Updated Map for Teachers Leaving Oklahoma

I continue to work on my research about Oklahoma Teacher Flight.  You may remember the survey that is available at http://bit.ly/okteacherflight 

I am preparing to present my Research Findings on Thursday, October 5th at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in Lawton Oklahoma.  http://www.cameron.edu/rockymountain

As I am working on my data, I created another map showing where teachers left.  It is embedded below. Click on a marker to see where they came from (Oklahoma Town) is the label and the marker location is marking their new home.  Data also shows their difference in Salary.

All teachers that responded that stayed in education are making more money than they did in Oklahoma.  (I removed one response where they were now a graduate student) I had 240 of the 250 provide full salary information in a usable form.  (The ones that were not excluded, provided most information but either were those that said they could not remember what they made in Oklahoma or provided non comparable amounts – ie.. I made 2,000 after taxes in Oklahoma but now make 56,000 etc.. ) I coded those 10 as not sure or non compatible amounts.

For the 240 respondents that gave salary information for both Oklahoma and their new jobs.  Just looking at base salary, no extra duties, it amounts a total difference of $4,582,626.00!!!!!!! (an average of around 19,000 per teacher!) 

Wow..  Wow .. Wow..  I continue to work on my data to present it as a post on Thursday morning..   but perhaps we should think of this..

Imagine what your community would be like if there was even a few people who had 19,000 more to spend. What would that mean to the restaurants? Car Dealerships?  Grocery stores?  Banks?  

As we talk about budget shortfalls – just those numbers sink in. 

8 thoughts on “Updated Map for Teachers Leaving Oklahoma”

    1. I know right.. In fact, If I were a teacher in another state and I got credit for my higher education teaching experience, I bet I would make more than I make at OU. It is insane the different.. Plano is starting first year teachers out at 52,000.

  1. I left Oklahoma in 2005 because not only was the pay terrible (I was making a little over $25K/year then), but job security was equally bad because the state’s budget was always changing. Budget cuts were the norm. I moved to the DFW area and nearly doubled my salary. We’ve had “lean” years, but a “lean” year here is far better than a lean year in Oklahoma. My only regret is that I stayed in Oklahoma for 3 years…that’s $75,000 more in salary that I didn’t earn! Cost of living is only marginally higher.

  2. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that Thanks for lunch! kgeccgebeggdebeb

  3. My son is a ta in an academy ,he is paid about 13k a year pro rata, he works from 8.45 til round about 5 each day unless he’s running some after school clubs in which case he can work longer, he has his own form class he tends to bring marking home every night and usually about 50+ books home at the weekend to mark, when he started he had 3 free periods a week to do the marking but since before Christmas they were cut to zero, just over 15 percent of the teaching staff have quit since the school started in September and the ta staff have taken on the duties ,my son has been threatened by pupils and the staff have been advised not to suspend any pupils at the moment because ofsted are due to and suspension and exclusion of pupils makes the school look bad, my son doesn’t intend renewing his contract next term because the amount of stress he is going through makes him physically sick before he goes work most days. This government has allowed academic chains to pocket money at the expense of supporting its teaching staff and teaching its pupils the education system in this country is in danger of being run down completely due to teaching staff leaving because of stresses and extremely low morale

  4. I left Okc and moved to Houston in January 2015 as a permanent substitute to finish the spring semester and got a 10k raise, once I signed my contract for the next school year my salary increased 35k

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