Edison Foundation To Pick Up Tab For Tulsa Teacher's Salary

Thursday, September 15th 2016, 1:00 pm
By: Emory Bryan

The Edison Foundation, a local charity that supports Edison Middle and High School, has voted to pay the salary of a teacher who was going to be trimmed from the middle school. 

The teacher was going to be trimmed from the middle school as part of "rebalancing" at Tulsa Public Schools, where teachers with smaller numbers of students are reassigned to schools with overloaded classrooms. The teacher who was going to be reassigned has approximately 145 students. 

Those students would have been divided among the other grade level teachers at the school, but the decision by the Foundation means class sizes will stay as they are.

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A foundation spokesman said the group normally raises $20,000 to provide supplemental materials for classrooms but decided to instead put all of their resources into retaining the teacher. The foundation has only a portion of the full cost but hopes to raise the rest of the money. 

The foundation said the full cost of the teachers salary and all benefits, was expected to be around $42,000.