It seems like KOCO’s headline writers needs to work on their preposition usage.
That said, we can’t image that teachers would vote to cut their own salaries. We’re also confused about how SB 1187, a bill that purports to deregulate school districts, does anything if all the things it tries to get rid of are already mandated by state and federal laws.
The bill itself states:
Subject to the provisions of this section, a school district shall be allowed to submit a request to the State Board of Education for an exemption from all statutory requirements and State Board of Education rules from which charter schools are exempt, as provided for in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act.
According to the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act, which was signed into law in 1997:
Except as provided for in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act and its charter, a charter school shall be exempt from all statutes and rules relating to schools, boards of education, and school districts.
In spite of what Jolley says, fellow legislator Rep. Jadine Nollan stated in the Tulsa World:
However, SB1187 by Jolley, the School District Empowerment Act, allows school districts to request an exemption from the State Board of Education from certain requirements such as minimum salary schedules, participating in teachers’ retirement system, providing health insurance and background checks, and other things. Much like charter schools do now. In theory this sounds like a good idea, but the unintended consequences may be the elimination of many important benefits and protections provided for our teachers and schools.
Oklahoma educators fighting over proposed bill that would give school districts more power
Bill sponsors Rep. Jolley and Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-District 58, both say the bill will not threaten the students safety. Teachers in the school districts will have a vote on things like salaries before the school district can take action.
Wedel provided KOCO with a list of concerns he has dealing with school districts eliminating the teachers minimum salary schedule, eliminating the requirement for school districts to participate in the teachers retirement system, eliminating health insurance and school background checks.
Jolley said that’s all misinformation spread by the teachers unions and things that are already mandated by federal or state law.