A group of high school parents, teachers and students fed up with the lack of teacher pay taking action Thursday night.
The Edison Preparatory School community said its had enough with the low morale at the campus.
Parents, students and teachers wanted to keep it a closed-door session, but in a nutshell one parent told 2 Works For You this meeting is a direct result of ‘anemic funding’ and even schools like Edison are not immune.
“I think there is a lot of stress in the classrooms and both on the teachers and the students and the administration. I think there has been many ideas to help talk about relieve that stress for both, teachers, students and administration,” said Brenan Jameson, an Edison Junior.
Recent events, like an Edison teacher throwing a desk in a classroom has brought the high school community to a breaking point.
Students want to know what they can do, parents want to know how they can help and teachers want to know who supports them.
“It also is a bigger conflict within out state and it depends on our students’ parents to vote for people that are going to fix our schools and like help teachers gain more pay so there can be more respect for them,” said Kate Farrow, an Edison Junior.
Chris Moore, who held the meeting at his church, is pointing the finger at Oklahoma City.
“What you’re seeing in these instances that you see in the media are symptomatic of a funding issue as it moves its way through a system. You’ve got real shortages in places where you need good quality people,” said Moore.
Teachers are hoping something is fixed soon.
“What we want to know is where do we go from here? One third of our schools in Oklahoma are on a four-day week and they’re waiting for TPS and waiting on Oklahoma City to stand up and follow them, show the state and the legislators and these parents that the time has come for drastic change,” said Larry Cagle, an Edison AP English Teacher.
The meeting Thursday night was mostly informational.
Tulsa Public Schools sent 2 Works For You a statement and said administrators are ready to hear what the Edison community has to say.