“We can talk about cost-of-living adjustments and debate average salaries, but when you are hemorrhaging teachers across state lines like we are, you have a problem. We would not have record numbers of emergency certification and teachers leaving the state if it wasn’t a real issue.”

– Tyler Bridges, assistant superintendent for Clinton Public Schools, an educator taking dispute with a report from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs alleging that public schools could use carry-over funding from the last fiscal year to restore cut programs and hire teachers [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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