by: Katie Higgins Updated:
TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:
- Oklahoma teachers say they often have to take on second jobs to pay the bills.
- Hundreds of teachers took to social media to reveal what they do to make ends meet.
- Schools are anticipating additional budget cuts as legislators work to pass a state budget.
With only 10 days left for state legislators to pass a budget, schools are tensing for the anticipated blow to funding.
Teachers say they have been dealing with trouble for a long time, some claiming to have second, third or even fourth jobs.
Oklahoma teachers are paid the third lowest in the entire country, with averages ranging from $31,000 to $46,000 each year, and some say that’s not enough to pay the bills.
Recently, an Oklahoma teacher posted on an educator Facebook page, asking other teachers what they did to make extra cash. The response was massive.
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Hundreds of teachers said their secondary income came from things like Uber, delivery, nannying, storm chasing and even private contracting with the department of corrections.
FOX23 talked to an area teacher who said she and her husband, who is also a teacher, have had to take on second jobs in order to pay the bills.
She says that the low teacher pay negatively affects students in the classroom.
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