By Alicia Priest, President, Oklahoma Education Association
“The deal announced today (March 15, 2018) by Speaker Charles McCall and his leadership team is not a plan at all. In fact, it’s worse that the plan that failed in the senate last night, and once again its nothing more than a political stunt that falls woefully short of the revenue needed to save our schools and keep teachers in Oklahoma classrooms.
The group that stood with him today should know that our students deserve better, that our teachers deserve better and that Oklahomans deserve better. This movement is bigger than any one group who cares more about playing politics than doing what’s right by our teachers. In fact, it’s theses kinds of political games that have created the anger and frustration that is driving this movement.
Educators from Atoka, Lawton to Miami, and Broken Arrow to Yukon have made clear the needs of the education community and we know there is the revenue out there to pass a real plan that meets those needs.
If lawmakers continue these games, the Oklahoma Education Association stands ready to offer a way pay for a real that solve real problems, not one that simply attempts to grab headlines.
Time is ticking, April 2nd will be here before you know it. We suggest lawmakers get back to work.”