Oklahoma educators have a professional obligation to advocate for what they know, based on their expertise as educators, will benefit all students. Not only is the role of educational advocate vital in these current political times, it is also fraught with risk. Teachers may risk their jobs by speaking out. Even if that’s not the case, some teachers are still frightened at the prospect of losing their livelihoods.
For this reason, we have established a policy at OEJ of publishing stories for those educators. If you are an educator in a public school — whether you’re an administrator or a classroom teacher — we want to make sure your voice is heard.
We offer four options for publishing your stories:
- Off-The-Record: This means that we don’t use your name, school district or the specific information you provide. That said, the information may lead us to find related facts that we can report. For example, you may have sewage leaking down the back wall of your classroom, and you don’t want us to report that. But we can find out that your school has recently spent a ton of money for plumbing services, and ask questions about what is going on at the site.
- Not-For-Attribution: Your name, school district, and other identifying details are not included in the story, which the OEJ Editor will write. We’ll need to confirm details from other sources, but we’ll leave you out of it.
- On-The-Record: Your name, school district, and other necessary identifying details will be included in the story that we write.
- Guest Author: You write the article and we’ll publish using the OEJ Staff account, but with your byline and an author box with your name, district, description, and photograph (if available).
If you have a story you’d like to share, fill out the form below, including as much information as possible.
Note: If you are choosing Off-The-Record or Not-For-Attribution, write something descriptive in the name field. In the classroom sewage example above, “Smelly Teacher” might be a good name.