It is well-known that teachers in Oklahoma are teacher bureau of labor statistics of the lowest paid in the country. For years, teachers have been asking Oklahoma lawmakers to find a way to fund a pay raise for educators across the state.
When another legislative session came to a close without a teacher pay raise, many educators decided to leave the classroom or the Sooner State for better pay. Lilli Lyon, a Spanish teacher at Moore West Junior High School, told News 4 that she is seeing many teachers leave the state for schools in Texas. Lyon compared her net pay from 2009 to now and realized she has barely received any additional compensation in almost nine years. Any raise she has received in the past she said has been taken by the rising insurance costs. Katherine Bishop, the vice president of the Oklahoma Education Association. For teachers who decided to stay in Oklahoma, many are being forced to pay for supplies out of their own pockets.