When schools shutdown across Oklahoma last spring, teachers and other certified staff members didn’t have to worry about whether their next paycheck would come. State law required districts to pay certified staff during a pandemic.
But the education support professionals who work alongside those certified staff did not have that same safety net.
SB 807 will create the same rules for all school employees, regardless of title. It was scheduled to appear before the Oklahoma Senate Education Committee, but the meeting was canceled because of the weather.
Oklahoma schools employ about 40,000 support staff members. They deserve the same protections under the law as certified employees.
The pandemic highlighted the problem. State law required school districts to pay teachers and other certified personnel; state law barred districts from providing the same safety net for support staff. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister notified Gov. Kevin Stitt of the pay gap on April 1, 2020. The next day, the governor issued an executive order directing districts to pay their support staff. It was a huge relief, but the solution was only temporary.
Please contact members of the Senate Education Committee to vote YES on SB 807 to make this safety net permanent.
Oklahoma Senate Education Committee
- Chairman Sen. Adam Pugh (R-Edmond) — (405) 521-5622
- Vice Chairman Sen. Dewayne Pemberton (R-Muskogee) — (405) 521-5533
- Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) — (405) 521-5551
- Sen. Jo Anna Dossett (D-Tulsa) — (405) 521-5624
- Sen. J.J. Dossett (D-Owasso) — (405) 521-5566
- Sen. Tom Dugger (R-Stillwater) — (405) 521-5572
- Sen. Carri Hicks (D- Oklahoma City) — (405) 521-5543
- Sen. Chris Kidd (R-Addington) — (405) 521-5563
- Sen. Marty Quinn (R-Claremore) — (405) 521-5555
- Sen. Brenda Stanley (R-Oklahoma City) — (405) 521-5584
- Sen. Blake Cowboy Stephens (R-Tahlequah) — (405) 521-5574
- Sen. Zack Taylor (R-Seminole) — (405) 521-5547