Because the definition of a teacher in the Oklahoma Statute was so broad, it was almost impossible for the Legislature to direct money to classroom teacher salaries.

I have spent significant time over the last two years trying to figure out why it is so difficult to give our ‘classroom teachers’ a pay raise – money never seems to make it to the classroom.  While praying about this, I felt led to look at the definition of a teacher which is published above.  To say I was surprised at what our Oklahoma law defines a teacher as is quite the understatement.  I brought this to the attention of my colleagues and we were able to get the definition changed this last session.

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Thanks and may you be richly blessed in the Lord Jesus.