A strong economy is underpinned by a well educated workforce. This obvious statement seems to be lost on our Representatives in the Oklahoma State Capitol. Oklahoma currently ranks bottom by many measures for teachers pay. This situation is not sustainable and is dooming the long term future of the state of Oklahoma.
In the short term the exodus of teachers from the state will continue. This in itself is extremely disruptive for the education of our children. A constant churn in teaching staff is at best annoying and at worst harmful, as teachers, students come to like and learn from, disappear from school one year to the next. Indeed, reports indicate that Tulsa Public Schools have lost 35% its teaching staff in just the last two years. Imagine working in an office with that kind of turnover. Your first inclination would be to also look for the exit… unfortunately most students (or their parents) do not have that option.
Over the long term the impact is going to be even more pronounced. Companies will refuse to consider Oklahoma as a base of operations for their businesses due to the lack of qualified on the ground talent. Consider setting up shop in a state where 1 in 6 of the population is considered as having “below basic” literacy. In a day-to-day sense these are people who would have problems filling out a job application, reading a prescription label or finding an intersection on a map.
What can we do to help?
The Oklahoma State Legislature needs to hear loud and clear that by not investing in education and by failing to support teachers by at least paying them a living wage they are harming the education of our children and jeopardizing the future of our beloved State. We ask that if you have 3 minutes to spare please locate and email your local representative and ask that they support teachers and pay them what they deserve.
That’s fine but….
In the short term, Let’s Click Photo Booths is offering all educators and support staff a $100 discount on our $695 standard package until December 30, 2018. Our standard package includes everything you need for a fun photo booth at your wedding including:
- 4 hours of rental time
- Unlimited 2×6 pictures (we print a copy for everyone in the picture)
- Fun props
- Template design
- Travel within 90 minutes of Tulsa
We are offering this discount because we Stand with Oklahoma Teachers.
To find out more please either email us or call 918 518-1307.
Kim Newman, Owner, Let’s Click Photo Booths