Perhaps the situation is not not as bad in Oklahoma as it is in Indiana. Public education has friends in the legislature, for whom we are very grateful, a State Superintendent who has gone to bat for us, and several educators who are running for legislative offices.
But if we’re not careful, we too may go this route. While we have many friends, we still have those who wish to destroy public education, even some who claim it is a monopoly, and that it’s already privatized because we buy staplers from private corporations. (Who knew?!)
Teacher Retention levels suffering
For the past decade, the Indiana General Assembly has caused great damage to public education to the point that teachers don’t want to teach in Indiana anymore. Who can blame them?
The Republican legislators have attacked the teachers’ unions. The GOP won’t let educators receive additional money for earning a master’s degree and getting advanced education training. In addition, they keep interfering with local control.