Tulsa city leaders discuss education, teacher pay concerns with state lawmakers


TULSA LEADERS MET WITH STATE LEADERS TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT ON THE CITY OF LOW TEACHER PAY AND CUTS TO EDUCATION. FOX23 WAS SITTING IN ON THE MEETING. Reporter: BECAUSE OF THE WAY THINGS ARE WHEN IT COMES TO WHO CAN CONTROL MY CITY COUNSELORS CANNOT TOO MUCH IN THE WAY OF EDUCATION WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR JOB THEY ARE EXPRESSING WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE TO THOSE WHO WILL WORK IN THE CAPITAL. ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, — Reporter: WILL YOUR KIDS WEREN’T SCHOOL WEDNESDAY CITY COUNSELORS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND STATE SENATOR SCOLD EACH OTHER ON WAYS TO FIX EDUCATION IN OKLAHOMA. WE DEFINITELY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EDUCATION IS KNOWN FROM US TO OUR STATE LEGISLATORS THAT EDUCATION IS A PRIORITY. Reporter: CITY COUNCIL OR SHARED THE MEETING OF PRIORITIES AND SAID THE LACK OF ACTION BY THE STATE AND TEACHER PAY AND EDUCATION BUDGETS IS TRICKLING DOWN INTO THE CITIES AND IMPACTING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OKLAHOMANS. EDUCATION IS THE FIRST THING TO BE CUT BACK IN LOSING TEACHERS IS NOT A GOOD THING. YOU LOSE TEACHERS AND YOU INCREASE CLASSROOM SIZES AND MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR KIDS TO LEARN. Reporter: NEWLY ELECTRIC — THE NEW ELECTED — FIGURING OUT THE EDUCATION CRISIS IN OUR STATE IN EASING THE PAIN. EDUCATION IS THE BASIS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH SO WE DO WANT TO FOCUS ON THAT GOING FORWARD. Reporter: BUSH’S VISION IS OF DOZENS OF BILLS THAT ABOUT HOW TO ADDRESS THE TEACHER PAY ISSUE. IT IS FINDING OUT WHICH ONE LAWMAKERS LIKE MORE AND CAN STOP THE BLEEDING BEFORE NO MORE DAMAGE IS DONE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND LEADERSHIP WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE OUR ISSUES. IT JUST CANNOT BE THE STATES FIX IT, THE HOUSE, SENATOR GOVERNOR’S OFFICE I THINK IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE WORK TOGETHER. Reporter: SESSION STARTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. WE WILL BE THERE TO COVER AND WE WILL

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