March 27, 2018
These last couple of months have seen a charge from educators for better pay and renewal of funding levels for students across the State of Oklahoma. Last night, a bipartisan legislative group passed the largest, historic teacher pay raise in state history. This plan may not be what the educators of our state are asking but it is a start. Teachers will have to decide if they are to walk out of classrooms on April 2, 2018 for a different plan. My hope is whatever plan comes to fruition, it addresses the Teacher Salary Schedule in a way that keeps us from this conundrum ten years from now. One time lump sums, or even sums over two to three years, will not address future inflation or cost of living increases.
Cherokee Public Schools support teacher and support raises; along with, reinstating funding cuts affecting student learning. We will be out of school on April 2, 2018 as a scheduled date on the calendar. After that date, we will have school and continue moving toward graduation for our seniors, testing for state and federal requirements and extra-curricular activities our students have earned the right to attend.
In an effort to support the movement for better education funding, groups of our teachers can attend days at the capitol if they wish to participate representing Cherokee. It is our hope to show solidarity with teachers who walk out for extended time and also meet the needs of our students, parents and community.
By contacting our Legislators with positive comments or solutions, you send a clear message that our children are important, important enough to lead us out of last in the Nation for teacher pay. Important enough to stop the ten year cycle of being at the bottom of education by our own design. We need consistent standards, respected educators and selfless leadership to be able to gage what we accomplish. Oklahoma is not last in the Nation, we just have to decide we are not going to accept that label any longer.
Cherokee Schools is excited to announce that we have an app and will be utilizing it to send out school notifications. The app is called SchoolWay and is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. SchoolWay also has a WebApp that can be accessed from any web-enabled device or computer.
The main page is called Cherokee High School and you will need to subscribe to that page in order to access all the channels. All of your child’s teachers have private pages set-up so they can send out class specific notifications to only the parents/guardians/students in that class. All pages can be found by entering a waycode number or by searching for the subject.
If you do not want to download the app and just want to receive text messages or emails that can be set-up from the web-app. You will still need to create an online account to set-up your preferences.