For Immediate Release: 10/6/18
Jennie Scott for HD41
State of Our Schools
Hello friends and neighbors!
My name is Jennie Scott and I am running for State Representative in HD41. This district is made up of parts of Yukon, Edmond, Piedmont and Enid.
We live in a time of sound bytes. That’s why I’m going to be writing pieces like this from now until Election Day. My hope is that by speaking to you directly about issues that face our state, you will get to know me a little bit better. I’ll also be posting them on my Facebook page, Jennie Scott for 41. I hope to connect with you through these articles and on the doors in the coming weeks!
My first topic is Teacher Walkout. This past April brought to light how neglected Oklahoma students and teachers have been for the past ten years. Many tried to spin this as teachers wanting raises for themselves, but it is so much more than that. Most teachers “get by” because they are living in two-income households or they are working multiple jobs. This is especially problematic when we consider that they are required to complete a four-year degree program and pass certification tests. Compared to professions that require the same amount of coursework, educators make 20% less (10% when adjusted for benefits). As the increasing teacher shortage demonstrates, Oklahoma graduates are simply not interested in pursuing a career which does not compensate enough in earnings to offset the cost of the coursework.
What can be done? I propose the following solution: create a program that allows teachers in Oklahoma to work off their student loans by teaching at a public institution. If the state were to pay off $2,000 per year for every college-educated teacher who remains in Oklahoma, we could offer a powerful incentive for educators to commit to ten years in the state. A common sense approach like this would be cost effective for Oklahoma, while simultaneously providing a significant benefit to teachers.
There will be details to has out and this will not be a “cure all” for what ails Oklahoma Education. But it’s a different idea, and that’s what I’m offering you, House District 41, a difference. Education, whether K-12, college, or tech school, shouldn’t divide us as Oklahomans, but unite us behind our future. If elected, I will work with everyone who wants the best for HD41, Oklahomans, and our families. It’s important to me that your voice is not only heard, but considered.
Thank you for your time today, and check out my website: www.jenniescottfor41.com! Have a question or comment? I’d love to hear from you!
My name is Jennie Scott, and I am asking for your vote on November 6th, 2018.