OKLAHOMA CITY (March 26, 2018) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks regarding House passage tonight of a historic teacher pay raise.
“The Oklahoma House of Representatives worked together in a show of admirable bipartisanship to strengthen public education for our nearly 700,000 schoolchildren across the state.
“These measures finally ensure Oklahoma’s dedicated, hard-working public schoolteachers receive well-deserved, competitive pay. In addition, the bills provide desperately needed resources for textbooks and support staff who perform vital services for our students. We know that increased teacher pay is not a cure-all for our state’s crippling teacher shortage, but it would solidly put us on track to retain our committed educators and recruit new teachers to the profession. Without a teacher pay raise, an already devastating situation will only worsen, with children being the ultimate victims.
“I am greatly encouraged by the show of overwhelming bipartisan statesmanship and am grateful to each legislator who stepped up to support this historic legislation and giant step forward.”