The Southeastern

Editorial: Make education a priority

Tens+of+thousands+of+teachers+gathered+at+the+Oklahoma+state+capitol+building+on+April+2+to+protest+education+budget+cuts+and+teacher+pay+after+a+bill+was+passed+that+failed+to+meet+their+demands.
Tens of thousands of teachers gathered at the Oklahoma state capitol building on April 2 to protest education budget cuts and teacher pay after a bill was passed that failed to meet their demands.

Tens of thousands of teachers gathered at the Oklahoma state capitol building on April 2 to protest education budget cuts and teacher pay after a bill was passed that failed to meet their demands.

Daniel Mayer

Daniel Mayer

Tens of thousands of teachers gathered at the Oklahoma state capitol building on April 2 to protest education budget cuts and teacher pay after a bill was passed that failed to meet their demands.

Kourtney Kaufman, Managing Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Thousands of teachers across the state of Oklahoma flooded the state capitol on Monday, April 2 as a part of a statewide teacher walkout. This occurred after state legislators passed a bill approving approximately a six thousand dollar raise for teachers and a one thousand raise for support staff. Should the state’s educators say thank you and go home?

Not only have teachers not received a raise in ten years, education funding has faced severe cuts. Enrollment for K through 12 has jumped by 50,000 students while state general funding is down 180 million dollars according to the Oklahoma Policy Institute. In addition, state funding for education per student when adjusted for inflation is down almost 28 percent compared to a decade ago.

Oklahoma is among the lowest in the nation for teacher pay. Many teachers have left the profession or moved to other states simply to make ends meet. According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute, the state had to issue over 1,800 emergency certifications this year alone to make up the deficit.

Teachers are not thanking legislators because over the last ten years they have seen the education budget plummet. They are not going home because they have seen textbooks and classroom supplies deteriorate, schools cut back on extracurriculars and classrooms become overcrowded. Teachers do not back down because one of their responsibilities is to advocate for their students as well as themselves.

Almost everyone has been influenced by a teacher in some way. Someone taught you to read and write. Someone helped equip you to succeed in college and the professional world. A teacher’s job is invaluable.

Investing in education means investing in the future. It means that kids will be equipped to succeed when they graduate high school. Good education creates productive members of society.

Legislators must stop attempting to put a band aid on a problem that has lasted over ten years. A problem that has taken this long to create will not be fixed in a short time either, but the state legislature must find real, sustainable sources of revenue for education. Slashing the education budget is not working anymore and teachers are fed up.

Call and email your legislators. Tell them that you support teachers and that you care about education in this state.

Leave a Comment

Tell us what you think. The Southeastern editorial staff reserves the right to remove any comments deemed inappropriate or offensive.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    President's Corner

    President’s Corner: Guns on Campus

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    Opinion

    Gun control back in the spotlight

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    Opinion

    President’s Corner

  • Opinion

    Editorial: Learning to argue

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    A&E

    The many reasons why

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    Opinion

    Alleged “shithole” slurs from President Trump

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    Opinion

    Taking Advantage

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    Opinion

    Safety issues at Southeastern

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    A&E

    A new era in music

  • Editorial: Make education a priority

    A&E

    Editorial: The Millennial Crutch

The student news site of Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Editorial: Make education a priority