Tulsa Public Schools sent a couple of bus loads of teachers to the state capital Tuesday, May 23 to speak out about the budget. While funding is uncertain, Tulsa Public Schools still needs teachers for the next school year.
The district interviewed candidates on Tuesday as well.
This is the mess we are in. Without knowing what the final budget situation is, and how much money there will be to operate the district, TPS needs about 300 more teachers for next year.
The Education Service Center is the starting point for prospective teachers, and everyone scheduled to be interviewed showed up on time. One of those hopefuls is Brittany Simons. She graduated from OSU two weeks ago and despite all the turmoil, she wants to be a teacher.
"Because the students still need to be taught even if all these legislation issues are going on," said teaching candidate Brittany Simons. "They are still gonna be there at school, and they're still gonna need teachers."
There were about 60 candidates slated to be interviewed, and about 20 principals were on hand to do the questioning.
Not all candidates are right out of school. Stephanie Landreville is a veteran of a dozen years in the classroom. She likes Tulsa because of Superintendent Debra Gist.
"I really like the message she has sent to Tulsa," Landreville said. "My heart has always been in Tulsa, and I like the positive message she is sending out there."
While all this was going on in Tulsa, a couple of busloads of teachers headed to OKC to try one more time to influence legislators and improve the education budget.
"A lot of teachers I know feel as though legislators are too involved in partisanship and not doing what is fundamentally and morally and ethically right for the state in properly funding education," said teacher Timantha Norman.