Frustrated by years of underfunding and a crisis-level teacher shortage, educators and parents are putting pressure on lawmakers to provide appropriate support for public schools.
In the age of Betsy DeVos and like-minded political officials, it can be daunting for public education advocates to find wins. But 2017 was not without its victories.
Over her 40-year teaching career, Karen Gaddis taught classes ranging from seventh-grade math to AP calculus. But here was one thing that just didn’t add up: How the state legislature could short public education funding year after year while handing out tax breaks to corporate giants in the gas and oil industries.
Legislators have so far failed to restore any funding for Oklahoma schools. Educators are leaving in record numbers.
2017 could see big rise in taxpayer-funded vouchers for tuition at private and religious schools
Also, he fell short of a state senate seat, but the experience has stoked one educator’s passion to fight for children.
A small army of activists is contacting pro-public education voters, reminding them what’s at stake and to vote all the way down the ballot.
Three educators share how Hillary Clinton earned their support in her bid to be the next president of the United States.
Educators say new legislation will prevent good teachers from being forced out the classroom
“Parents, teachers and community members across the state are saying enough is enough. Our politicians won’t fund our public schools, so we’ll do it ourselves.”