"Oklahoma's children need and deserve a public education system that delivers on the promise of a superior education for every child," said Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joe Siano, who served on the initiative's steering committee.
said recent years have seen too many educators and policymakers at odds over well-intended policy.
Siano, who is past president of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, urged lawmakers to focus their immediate efforts on developing multi-year plans for addressing the teacher shortage and an overall school-funding plan.
Oklahoma schools started the school year with more than 800 teaching vacancies.
Budget challenges and increasing enrollment over the last several years mean schools receive less funding per-student than they did in 2008 despite increasing costs.
said too many districts are struggling to find well-prepared teachers and are forced to increase class sizes, hire teacher candidates who may not be fully prepared and, in some cases, cancel classes.