In response to the ongoing teacher walkout among Oklahoma educators, the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education executive board of directors has released the following statement:
"Oklahoma Council for Indian Education board members and membership have witnessed the continual decrease of funding for our students across the state, including over 100,000 Native students who attend public schools. We, the executive board, firmly support the efforts of the teachers who have and continue to endeavor to bring about increased funding for our schools, combating the years of neglect that have undermined education in our state with the highest number of Native American students.
"We applaud and stand beside the passionate and diligent educators who are giving of their time and resources to demonstrate the dire situation that the state of education in Oklahoma has reached. Our students all deserve adequate resources and teachers who are well qualified and passionate about their subject areas and who truly care about making a positive difference in the lives of children who enter their classrooms daily. Oklahoma has innumerable teachers who are among the best in the country, despite the pay that is far below the national and regional averages. "We continue to support those educators who are demanding that the state fulfill its responsibility and fully fund our schools. Thank you, educators, who have taken a strong stand for full funding of resources and professional development critical to continue providing positive learning environments that allow students from all ethnicities and backgrounds to thrive.” April 6, 2018