USSA believes that workforce development is critical to the economic future of our State. We believe that the cornerstone of workforce development is Oklahoma’s PreK-12 Public Schools. We look forward to working with the legislature and executive branch of state government to make legislative and policy changes that will allow our students to be prepared for the work opportunities that will exist for them when they complete their post-secondary education.
USSA believes that the following legislative Goals are critical to Oklahoma’s workforce development efforts.
USSA supports a pay increase for teachers that would make Oklahoma 1st in the region for teacher compensation.
USSA supports an increase in operational funding for public school districts which will bring Oklahoma per pupil expenditure to the regional average.
USSA supports the ongoing full funding of health insurance for certified and support staff.
USSA supports legislation to protect and preserve the Oklahoma Retirement System as a defined benefit plan and to provide a cost-of-living adjustment for retired TRS members.
USSA supports the following solutions to help with the current teacher shortage: full reciprocity for teachers with out-of-state certificates, legislation to immediately allow retired teachers to return to the classroom without restrictions on earnings, the creation of programs that will increase the number of college graduates who obtain teacher certification, and a review of the current pathways to teacher certification
USSA supports legislation that will make school districts equal partners with city and county governments in the development and approval of Tax Increment Financing Districts financed by ad valorem revenue.
USSA supports the development of graduation requirements that will allow students the flexibility to match their interests with workforce opportunities.
USSA believes that all schools receiving public funding, including those that benefit from tax credits, should be subject to the same financial and academic accountability measures as all public schools.
USSA strongly opposes any voucher legislation.