OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - State school superintendent Dr. Janet Barresi is firing back in one of multiple battles she is fighting with school superintendents across the state.
Barresi just released a YouTube video promoting her plan to give every teacher in Oklahoma a $2,000 raise
The reason, according to Barresi, is that Oklahoma's average teacher salary is lower than surrounding states and good teachers are following the money. Barresi says, "Oklahoma has to compete regionally for great teachers and $2,000 more in the pockets of our teachers would put us ahead of Arkansas, even with Missouri and cut our pay gap with Texas in half. The money is there."
Barresi has asked every school district in Oklahoma to take 10 percent of their excess carryover money, combine it with a two percent re-prioritization of their overhead and give each and every teacher in Oklahoma a $2,000 raise.
Superintendents like Tulsa's Dr. Keith Ballard say Barresi doesn't understand how school finances work and her plan is simply a political stunt.