Today, Oklahoma Senators are expected to consider revenue measures to fund teacher pay increases and enhanced funding for public schools. You can click here to learn more about the proposed legislation. We continue to closely monitor actions at the State Capitol and make preparations should a teacher-led walkout occur. I plan to provide daily updates to keep you as informed as possible.
A website that includes comprehensive, updated information about the potential walkout and how it could impact Norman Public Schools can be found at www.normanpublicschools.org/teacherwalkout. The site is continuously updated and includes new information about where students can receive free breakfast and lunch, information about student grades, concurrent enrollment updates, free public transportation options for students and more.
It is important to understand that we do not want a walkout to occur but we support our educators. We prefer to have our students in school. However, if teachers choose to walk out to voice their concerns at the State Capitol, schools will be closed.
The teacher-led walkout is about far more than pay. We know that our teachers do not plan to walk out ON students, rather, they plan to walk out FOR them. Requests for adequate funding are ultimately about the ability to provide a high-quality education for all children. Far fewer college students are choosing to pursue education as a career than in previous years, and teachers continue to leave the state for higher-paying jobs. Regionally competitive pay for educators would help to ensure we can recruit and retain the very best teachers for your children. General funding for public education would allow us to hire even more teachers so we can maintain and/or decrease class sizes and invest in additional educational programs for students.
We are committed to providing transparent, accurate and timely information and will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves.