Tulsa Teachers Plan To Leave District After Winter Break

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By Jamison Keefover

 

Tulsa students could be losing their teacher in the new year as some Tulsa Public Schools educators plan to leave their positions after winter break.

“There are a lot of teachers who are looking for the exits right now,” said Rep. John Waldron representing District 77 and former Tulsa teacher. “People who have worked for 30 years in education will tell you that the last two years have been the hardest they’ve ever worked.”

According to Waldron and the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, many teachers have contracts that end this month and see that as an opportunity to leave.

Shawna Mott-Wright, President of TCTA, said the responsibilities of teachers have become too much to bare for some employees.

“It’s incredibly difficult work because there are fewer of us and that increases size and class size matters,” she said. “And then all of the things that our kids are bringing that they didn’t bring before. I am a high schools teacher and these kids have been on their own for the past two years, so seniors are acting like sophomores and freshmen are acting like 7th graders.”

She said behavioral development and classroom disruptions have been


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