How you can help Oklahoma teachers

How you can help Oklahoma teachers

When you hear all of these negative statistics, you might think, what can I do?


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WEBVTT 9:00WITH ABIGAIL OGLE, MARKIEMARTIN, AND METEOROLOGIST BRADSOWDER.ABIGAIL: JUST ABOUT EVERY DAYDURING KOCO 5 NEWS, WE TALABOUT TEACHER PAY RAISES OR ALACK THEREOF.BUDGET CUTS AFFECTING THECLASSROOM.JUST YESTERDAY, WE REPORTED THATOKLAHOMA OFFICIALLY HAS THELOWEST TEACHER PAY AVERAGE INTHE NATION.IF YOU ARE LIKE ME WHEN YOU HEAR, ALL OF THESE NEGATIVESTATISTICS, YOU MIGHT THINK,WHAT CAN I DO?I’M NOT A LAWMAKERI’M NOT A LOBBYIST, I’M NOT AGOVERNOR.WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE ADIFFERENCE.THERE ARE ACTUALLY SOME WAYS YOUCAN HELP WITH THIS.WE ARE JOINED NOW BY CHRISTYHAYES WITH OKLAHOMANS FORTEACHERS.TAKE YOU FOR BEING WITH US.>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.ABIGAI SO HOW DID YOU STARTTHIS?>> THE INABILITY TO BE ABLE TOGET ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO GETSALARIES CAUSED ME TO THINK WHATOTHER WAYS CAN WE IMPROVE THEWHOLE SITUATION?SO RATHER THAN INCREASINGSALARIES, HOW ABOUT IF WE REDUCEEXPENSES?I WENT HOME, CREATED A WEBSITE,AND ASKED PEOPLE TO STARTJOINING IN, PUT THEIRINFORMATION FROM THEIR BUSINESS,DISCOUNTS, THE STUFF THAT THEYCAN GIVE TEACHERS, MAYBE IF WEMADE IT FREE TO LIVE INOKLAHOMA, IT WOULD OFFSET THEFACT THAT WE DO NOT PAY QUITE ASMUCH AS OTHER STATES.ABIGAI THIS IS A BRILLIANTIDEA, BECAUSE THE PENNY SALESTAX FAILED THIS PAST LEGISLATIVESESSION, AND WE KNOW THAT ATEACHER PAY RAISE DID NOT PASSTHIS PAST LEGISLATIVESESSION.WE ALSO HEARD THAT OKLAHOMATEACHERS MAKE AN AVERAGE OF41,000 DOLLARS A YEAR, THELOWEST IN THE NATION.THINGS ARE NOT GREAT FOR OURTEACHERS.YOU’RE A TEACHER, NOT IN THEEDUCATION FIELD.AND YOU DECIDED SOMETHING HAD TOBE DONE.>> SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE.I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IF WE CANGET OKLAHOMA TO HAVE FREE LIVINGEXPENSES FOR ALL TEACHERS.IF YOU THINK OF THE IMPACT OFTHAT TO CONSIDER WHAT IT MIGHTBE LIKE FOR OUR STATE TOACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SAY THAT, WECOULD ATTRACT AND RETAIN THEBEST TEACHERS IN THE COUNTRY,WHICH WOULD ONLY IMPROVE THEECONOMIC CONDITION OF OKLAHOMAFOR EVERYBODY.IF WE ALL PITCHED IN, WE COULDMAKE THIS A GREAT EFFORT ON PARTOF OKLAHOMA.ABIGAIL: HELP ME CONNECT THEDOTS HERE.HOW WE PROVIDE FREE LIVINGUTILIZING YOUR WEBSITE?>> PEOPLE CAN GO ON THE SITE,CAN PUT IN WHAT THEIR BUSINESSESAND HOW…

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