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Oklahoma lawmakers studying worsening teacher shortage | Education

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Sabra Tucker, government director of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, advised these gathered at Waldron’s examine that stress amid growing criticisms and calls for from society is the first driver of teacher retirements proper now.

“What I heard from people is that ‘my health is not worth staying in the classroom. As much as I love teaching and students, I do not love all the stress of being in the classroom with unrealistic expectations and more and more demands than I have ever had before in my entire career,’” Tucker stated.

Waldron stated legislative motion at this juncture is a should.

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“It will get worse the longer we as legislators don’t act to solve it. I am humbled and encouraged by the House Common Education Committee, under the leadership of Chair Rhonda Baker, for taking this issue seriously … There is a problem. We must work together to fix it.”

Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle, a former elementary faculty teacher and faculty district administrator, held a examine final week on how “meaningful” coaching {and professional} growth for lecturers may assist enhance teacher retention charges, whereas Baker, R-Yukon, and chair of the House Common Education Committee, hosted an interim examine about “innovative approaches” to enhancing Oklahoma’s teacher shortage.

Baker, who beforehand taught English on the center and highschool ranges, stated it’s clear that “Oklahoma, like a lot of the nation, faces an acute teacher shortage.”