September 21, 2022 (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – State Superintendent Candidate Jena Nelson announced her support of the proposal by gubernatorial candidate and current State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to provide a $5,000+ pay raise for Oklahoma teachers, as well as her comprehensive education reform plan.“From day one of my campaign, I have been clear that providing the pay, resources and support Oklahoma teachers need is critical to preventing teacher flight and expanding the amount of quality educators and support staff including paraprofessionals,” Nelson said. “Significant investments in increasing teacher pay are key to Oklahoma’s future and I look forward to working with Governor Hofmeister to implement our shared vision for building Oklahoma’s public education system into one of the strongest in the nation.
“Teachers deserve a State Superintendent that listens to them because they are professionals that are saving and changing lives every single day. This plan is what Oklahoma needs and I’m proud to endorse it.”
Nelson also voiced strong support for additional details of Hofmeister’s action plan to improve and protect the state’s public education system, specifically providing mental health support in every Oklahoma school and protecting public education funding from elimination that could shutter rural schools. Nelson also endorses expanding Oklahoma’s Promise to cover public college tuition for all children of Oklahoma educators.
“Oklahoma has the fifth highest number of students who have experienced traumatic adverse childhood experiences in the nation. That’s why I’ll make sure all schools have a counselor with mental health training, and we will continue to strengthen our School Counselor Corp,” she said.
“Simply put, public funds should stay in public schools. It is time that we fully fund our Oklahoma public schools that are the heart of our communities. Our kids deserve 21st century schools, where they can get the skills they need to thrive in our ever-changing 21st century world, and that will only happen when we invest in our public schools.”