Jonathan Small | April 5, 2018

The $106K teacher

Jonathan Small

School choice is good for teachers. With so much focus on education policy right now, that’s an important fact.

Calculating the pay raise, Oklahoma teachers rank 31st in raw dollars nationally. Economist Byron Schlomach, a scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Oklahoma State University, calculated that, thanks to the new pay raise, Oklahoma’s cost-of-living-adjusted teacher pay is now 11th in the nation. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister noted the pay raise moves us up to 2nd in the region, just behind Texas which has no income tax.

That’s good news. But consider this: The highest paid public-school teacher in Oklahoma actually teaches at Epic Charter School. She makes $106,324.

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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