Jonathan Small | March 9, 2018

Reward teachers, rein in bureaucrats

Jonathan Small

No one disputes that it’s time for a teacher pay raise. Almost all Oklahomans agree and most lawmakers voice support. Despite this, the last several legislative sessions have failed to result in a teacher pay raise.

Now unions, which have been accomplices in the diversion of more than $300 million away from teachers, are joining frustrated teachers who are threatening to strike unless the Legislature gives them a raise.

With all this internal strife, it’s no wonder that we’ve lost focus on what’s most important in public education: educating children.

Read the rest over on The Journal Record.

Jonathan Small President

Jonathan Small


Jonathan Small, C.P.A., serves as President and joined the staff in December of 2010. Previously, Jonathan served as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma Office of State Finance, as a fiscal policy analyst and research analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and as director of government affairs for the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Small’s work includes co-authoring “Economics 101” with Dr. Arthur Laffer and Dr. Wayne Winegarden, and his policy expertise has been referenced by The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, National Review, the L.A. Times, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post. His weekly column “Free Market Friday” is published by the Journal Record and syndicated in 27 markets. A recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s prestigious Private Sector Member of the Year award, Small is nationally recognized for his work to promote free markets, limited government and innovative public policy reforms. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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