Public School Administrators will NOT ALLOW teachers to be satisfied. They need them to stay hungry so they'll keep picketing the capitol and get the administrators more money.
The average pay of Oklahoma teachers is about $30/hr for the 180 days that they teach (assuming they work 8 hours per day). Not bad for only working the day shift when the weather is agreeable and it's not some holiday...
Now if we're going to point out underpaid teachers, let's look at the dedicated educators at our church schools where families pay about 60 cents on the dollar (compared to govt. funded schools). Schools like Bishop Kelley, Lincoln Christian, Cascia Hall, and Wright Christian Academy. Somehow the privately funded schools find a way to keep administrative costs reasonable and academics high.
Oklahoma Watch just released a great spreadsheet on Oklahoma Teacher pay. Yet it only tells part of the story. No other regional state pays so much into teacher retirement benefits.
Tulsa Public schools are not learning from the failures of public education's worst bureaucracies. Just a few months ago, TPS Superintendent, Deborah Gist; hired two more big city bureaucrats to her team. They average $156k per year. Errick Greene, a former high school principal in Washington, D.C., served as an instructional superintendent there for three years, managing a group of principals, before his most recent role — a year as special assistant to the emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools.
Devin Fletcher comes to Tulsa from Denver Public Schools, where he was the district’s executive director. He was the district lead on curriculum and instruction, academic strategic planning, and standards adoption and implementation.