Burlington School Board member, Terry Graham, pointed out that legislators, if asked if they think education is important, all agreed that it is important. But their actions do not support what they say. Burlington has had their funds cut $136,000 at the end of the year - the equivalent of salaries for four teachers. Burlington, instead, doesn’t let teachers go.
They pay them minimum salaries, even though many have a master’s degree.
Parent Dee Robinson pointed out that even after MAPS her child’s school had no money for a playground, gym or gym teacher, or cafeteria. Where did the money go?
Oklahoma appears to be trying to imitate Texas and Florida, neither of which are good models for responsible efforts to improve and support education.
Sandy Bahan and Cathy Buchwald,
Co-chairs, Norman League of Women Voters