In spite of Sen. Clark Jolley’s assertions that his bill is misunderstood, it still appears to allow districts to opt out of state-funded health insurance, the minimum salary schedule, and the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System.
We consider this a slap in the face of already struggling teachers, especially those who are trying to raise a family on their own. Our state is already bleeding educators to other industries and other states. Why would we want to make the shortage worse?
The House counterpart to this bill, HB 3156, is scheduled to be heard in the the Senate Education Committee on Monday.
Schools Could Drop State Insurance, Retirement, And Set Pay Minimums Under Jolley Bill
Proposed changes to state law meant to give more financial control to school districts could make it harder to hire teachers.