Tahlequah Teachers To Be Paid For Attending Ed Rally

Group Believes Oklahoma Teachers’ Rally A Waste Of Time, Money

Tony Russell, News On 6

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – Thousands of teachers will make the trip to the teachers’ rally at the State Capitol. Many will take school buses and get paid to spend the day lobbying lawmakers and one group says it’s a waste of money.

But school administrators said the money spent will be an investment in Oklahoma’s future. The Tahlequah superintendent is defending her choice to allow teachers to take a paid day and earn professional credit. She said it’s a small price to support Oklahoma students.

Superintendent Lisa Presley is gearing up for Monday’s teacher’s rally. She and more than 220 teachers from her district plan to make the four-hour roundtrip to lobby lawmakers.

“We see our role as advocates for children, and if no one else is going to advocate for them, we’re going to have to be that voice,” Presley said.

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