State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi made the following comments after Oklahoma City Public Schools announced a pay raise effective immediately for district teachers. OKCPS is also establishing a new salary grade that will increase pay for more experienced teachers.
“I want to commend Oklahoma City Public Schools for its decision enacting a teacher pay raise. This is proactive, forward-thinking leadership. Oklahoma’s hardworking and dedicated teachers deserve better compensation, and students deserve an administration that focuses on strong instruction in the classroom.
“This is very good news for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and I hope it serves as an inspiration for other districts throughout the state. Months ago, I began calling on districts to provide a $2,000 pay raise this year for teachers. That can easily be accomplished by schools using only 10 percent of their carryover funds and reprioritizing 2 percent of their overhead. Teachers deserve and need fair compensation, and OKCPS understands that.”