Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy voiced his opinion on Wednesday regarding the ongoing tensions surrounding teacher-pay in the state of Oklahoma.
Per the Oklahoman’s Nathan Ruiz, Gundy told reporters that he has “always felt that educators in our state are way overworked and way underpaid.”
#OKState coach Mike Gundy: “I have always felt that the educators in our state are way overworked and way underpaid.”
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) April 4, 2018
Teacher strikes for increased education funding in Oklahoma began on Monday, as countless teachers marched outside of the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. On Tuesday, teachers were seen occupying all floors of the Capitol as the march continued.
— Ben Felder (@benfelder_okc) April 3, 2018
Per the National Education Association, the national average starting teacher salary from 2016-17 was $38,617. The average salary in Oklahoma was $31,919.
Oklahoma legislators approved a measure last week that included a $6,100 pay-raise for teachers — less than the calls by the Oklahoma Education Association, the largest teacher union in the state, for pay raises of $10,000 for teachers over the next three years.
Gundy, 50, is entering his 14th season as the coach at Oklahoma State in 2018. He has led the Cowboys to 10 wins each of the last three seasons.