Oklahoma educators migrate to other states

Wednesday, December 15th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma is losing teachers to neighboring states and the private sector is luring away hundreds of Oklahoma
school teachers.

School superintendents say they simply can't compete.

A survey found that more than 11-hundred teachers were lost by the state last year. More than half of them were lured away byTexas.

Woodward Schools lost ten teachers with six of them going to Texas in the past year.

Tulsa lost 100 certified personnel to Texas, three to Arkansas, 20 to Kansas and 70 to other states since July. Another 90 went to the private sector.

Oklahoma State Superintendent Sandy Garrett says Oklahoma is unable to offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Garrett says teachers reportedly received six to 12-thousand more in base salary by taking jobs in Texas.