“It’s hard for me to see how this would be a sustainable lifestyle. Teachers are miracle workers, they’re willing to sacrifice to make it happen, and we do it each and every day, but, anything less than what we have right now would be great. I mean, it’s amazing how large [the classes] are.”

– Haley Sherrard, an Edmond North High School teacher, speaking to News9 regarding the state’s teaching shortage. Oklahoma’s increasing class sizes and persistently low pay are driving teachers into other states or out of the profession (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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