Critics and proponents alike have talked this past week about making out standards the best in the nation. But having the best standards will do little good if there are no teachers to bring them to life.
Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist makes the argument that we must pay teachers like the essential professionals that they are so that they can focus on educating our children, instead of seeking second or third jobs.
We have to change the environment in which Oklahoma teachers live and work. They must be treated like the irreplaceable professionals that they are. Their education expertise, experience and dedication to our students must be respected and honored. We want our city — and our state — to be the best, most desirable, and most prestigious place to teach in the country. When we do so, we will make it the best place for students and families.