Green Country Teachers Say Still More Is Needed For Classrooms - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Green Country Teachers Say Still More Is Needed For Classrooms

Posted: Updated:

On Tuesday, teachers moved their rally inside, taking over the Capitol's rotunda.

The House ended Tuesday's session at 10:30 a.m., but the crowds of teachers didn't diminish for several hours.

Several green country teachers say that, while they are grateful for the pay raise, it's not enough.  They want more funding for classrooms and operating budgets.

Matt Nance, a teacher from Drumright, says his school no longer has a counselor or home ec teacher because of funding cuts.

"They cut a little bit more each year and make due, but, because we make due, it hides how serious the problem is," said Nance.  "We don't want to be here today.  We want to be in our classrooms.  We want to be working with our kids, with Oklahoma's kids, but it's getting to the point we cannot do that anymore."

Complete Coverage:  School Shutdown

The teachers say lawmakers are sadly mistaken if they believe teachers are just going to go away without additional measures being passed.

They say legislators have no idea how bad it really is - out-of-date textbooks, losing positions and not filling them, vehicles and buildings in disrepair.

Nance says the district couldn't afford to keep the high school open.  They closed it and moved to the middle school building, but, he says, the middle school leaks.

"We've seen the money being spent to fix the Capitol.  It's wonderful," stated Nance.  "But when we have to put out trash cans and bowls during every rain storm, it kinda bites a little bit to see all the money being spent here while our kids languish in rooms that leak and flood."

Nance also says that his district's special ed teacher now teaches six grades, for a total of 70 kids.

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.