While pushing for higher state sales taxes, Tulsa school officials continue to hire new administrators with salaries more than three times higher than average teacher pay.
The Tulsa School Board has approved the hiring of two new administrators – Errick Greene from Detroit Public Schools and Devin Fletcher from Denver Public Schools.
Greene reportedly will be paid $157,100 a year while Fletcher will make $155,700 a year.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Education, the average teacher pay in the state is $44,549. The minimum starting pay is $31,600. The regional average teacher salary is $47,887. But Oklahoma is one of only five states in the nation that fully fund employee insurance plus the cost of living in Oklahoma is less than most states.
Greene was a high school principal in Washington, D.C., and was an instructional superintendent for three years. He was a special assistant to the emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools.
Greene has a master’s degree in education from Howard University and a master’s in school administration from Trinity University. He is working on his doctorate in education from The University of Pennsylvania.
Greene will be Tulsa’s new “chief of schools.” Fletcher will be “chief learning officer.”
Fletcher was executive director of Denver Public Schools. He has a master’s degree in public administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in education from the Broad Center.
In the light of expected state funding cuts that didn’t fully materialize, TPS announced it was cutting “175 office/administrative jobs” but at the same time, 73 new positions were created – some with significant pay raises.
Gov. Mary Fallin has sought a special session of the Legislature to divert $140,000,000.00 for a $5,000 bonus to every teacher in the state. On November 8, state voters will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise state sales tax by one cent (a 22 percent increase) for higher education, common education and vocational education.