Thursday, April 14, 2016
Oklahoma's Brain Drain
Okie Funk's Doc Hoc reported on his blog yesterday teachers and other intellectuals are leaving the state in droves since they're being laid off, can't find jobs or are being paid rock-bottom wages. This brain drain is a result of the conservative policies that have produced a whopping $1.3 billion budget shortfall. They've given the oil and gas industry major tax breaks while slashing education's budget. Now even people in the oil and gas industry are being laid off. My cousin who is a first year teacher in OKC has no confidence that his job will be renewed in the fall.
This November, Oklahoma will vote to approve State Question 779 which would raise about $615 million annually for schools and universities. It is being championed by former governor David Boren.