“It’s stressful. It’s like juggling multiple plates that contrast with one another. Go hire, go find the best, but know that we might have to make some tougher decisions later on in a couple months; that’s hard to ask a principal to do. And at the same time, please be an instructional leader for our kids, get them ready to successfully complete the rest of the year.”

– Norman Public School Assistant Superintendent Jason Brown, on trying to balance hiring more teachers with low teacher pay and years of budget cuts (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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