The Morning Brew: Who is the highest paid public school teacher in Oklahoma?
Charter school teacher clears 100k
Teacher pay is notoriously low in Oklahoma, but a Tulsa area charter school is recruiting candidates by offering pay that vastly exceeds what most public schools can offer. One teacher makes more than $106,000.
Higher-paying states aren’t the only competition for teachers from Oklahoma’s traditional public schools.
The state’s largest virtual charter school is now using the draw of pay ranging from $64,000 on average up to more than $106,000 for its highest earners to lure applicants to keep pace with its staggering student enrollment growth.
EPIC is currently recruiting applicants online with a chart titled “Respect and Compensation Matter,” showing the dramatic $18,000 gap between its average earning full-time teacher and the state’s average, and the $30,000 gap between its highest paid first-year teacher and what the state minimum pay is for a first-year special education teacher.