April 13, 2018
Oklahoma teachers – a missed opportunity for a teachable moment
Oh how short is our memories that our country and our state suffered though an economic recession thanks to Barack Hussein Obama and other Democrats like Nancy Pelosi. Years of high taxes, high regulations, high unemployment, high numbers of businesses leaving the State or going out of business totally.
Oklahomans should be thanking GOD that we have oil and gas industry that paid in millions of dollars of taxes which Governor Mary Fallin put in the raining day fund. Thank you Mary Fallin.
The State Legislaturers had already approved a $6,100 payraise for the teachers before the teachers walk-out started.
No one is against the teachers or state employees getting a raise however teachers and the general public do not understand law and budgets. We need improvements to the school system. Small churches learned years ago to share preachers. Small schools should share superintendent that would reduce 50% savings in the budget of Superintendents’ salaries.
Then take that money pay for a two-year stipend program:
$2,000 for teachers
$1,000 for non-teachers
$1,000 for state employees.
That would have been the best way to address this issue. With the payraise now the state has to come up with extra money for FICA and pensions.
Oklahoma teachers – a missed opportunity for a teachable moment in History, Civics of Oklahoma government, Math and bullying in school.
History of the State of Oklahoma: Oklahoma Constitution calls for a balanced budget. Democrats controlled Oklahoma for 100 years. Oklahoma used to have nine U. S. Congressman now we have five – that is a major failure that most people do not realize. During these years the pensions funds were un-funded which means they lied cause we did not have a balance budget.
Civis of Oklahoma government: Teachers that protested wanted their way and wanted it immediately which means they had no knowledge of how the government is set up to run or how to create a new law.
Math: Oklahoma has a math problem. The Oklahoma government has plenty of money coming in but has a major problem on spending. Education gets 55% of the State Budget so maybe the teachers should demand an audit to see where is the money going.
Question for all Oklahomans: how much is enough – for years Education received 55% of the State Budget with poor results with student testing, graduation rates and the number of young people going to prison. So now Education is getting more money so teachers lets look at the entire budget and do the math.
Bulling in School: Students do learn from teachers. The past few years much has been made about students bullying other students but that is way happened this past week. Teachers were bulling the elected legislaturers and bulling other teachers to join the union and protest at the capital.
What other things did students learn about teachers this week? Teachers do not have to honor their WORD. Teachers have a contract which they broke and should have been fired. Teachers cause the taxpayers millions of dollars in extra security at the capital and parents paying for daycare for their kids.
That a payraise was more important than teaching students to become better citizens.
Follow the money – who benefitted from the walk-out? The teachers already had their payraise the week before. The lady that rans the teachers labor union?? How much is she paid? When did her contract get renewed?
So I say Oklahoma missed an opportunity for a teachable moment in History, Civics of Oklahoma government, Math and bullying in school.
There are several good Republican running for Governor. I am hoping the next Governor of Oklahoma will improve the school system.