Oklahoma's Republican-controlled state government simply walked away from this obligation. Jan. 31 was the day that more than 4,000 board-certified teachers, speech language pathologists and school psychologists would have gotten the $5,000 owed them by the state. Those checks won't arrive. IOUs won't arrive. Will these teachers “occupy” the Capitol? Will hundreds call in “sick?” No. They will show up for work. They will educate, encourage and inspire their students. They'll help children overcome the stigma of stuttering or disability. They'll serve children in crisis and catastrophe.
Thad Leffingwell, Stillwater