Current Weather
The Spy FM

OK Superintendent Repeats Request for Teacher Raises

Filed by Michael Cross in Education, Local News, News, Politics.
August 26, 2013
 

Click here to download audio

State Superintendent Janet Barresi once again calls on school boards and superintendents to give teachers across the state $2,000 pay raises.

During a task force on education workforce Monday, Barresi told education administrators they could use surplus funds to pay for the increases.

Superintendent Barresi told the Oklahoma Education Workforce Shortage Task Force the $100 million for the pay raises could come from $710 million in carry-over funds in schools across the state.

But, Norman Superintendent Joe Siano, a member of the task force, says schools just can’t move surplus funds to teacher pay.

“Salaries are reoccurring costs so to take one-time dollars if you could and move them to salary schedules becomes a challenge.

Doctor Siano says one way to pay for the raises is for lawmakers to return school funding to 2008 levels which is $200 million more than what was allocated this year.

 

One Response to “OK Superintendent Repeats Request for Teacher Raises”

  1. Dr. Freda Deskin says:

    Amen, Dr. Siano. It takes someone who is actually in education and who is running a school to understand Dr. Barresi's math. I believe this is no more than a ploy to pit the teachers against the administrators and then to be able to blame the administrators when the teachers don't get raises. In a speech last Saturday, Dr. Barresi proposed that school administrators cut their budgets and combine it with any carry over monies to fund the pay raises. Of course, that idea assumes schools have a carry over. Dr. Barresi is out of touch with the reality in Oklahoma schools.

Leave a Reply

2PM to 3PM PRI's The World

PRI's The World

Get a fresh perspective of people, events and trends that shape our world. Host Lisa Mullins covers a wide range of topics, including science, business, technology, sports, art and music.

Listen Live Now!

3PM to 6PM All Things Considered

All Things Considered

For two hours every weekday, All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel, Michele Norris and Melissa Block present the program's trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features.

View the program guide!

6PM to 6:30PM Marketplace

Marketplace

Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine of business and economics.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center