This has been a year of change for the Oklahoma City school district, the result of an overhaul in which 15 schools were closed and 17 others were reconfigured or relocated. One thing that has not changed, unfortunately, is frustration among teachers.
The Oklahoma City branch of the American Federation of Teachers, which bargains on behalf of about 1,200 of the district’s 2,600 classroom teachers, surveyed its members in November. Results of the latest survey are disconcerting.
Of the 798 teachers who responded to the survey, 88% said they had students who disrupted the learning environment. Eighty-two percent said they had students who ignored requests of faculty and staff, and 69% said they witnessed abusive language, profanity or behavior.