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Charter school teacher clears 100k

Teacher pay is notoriously low in Oklahoma, but a Tulsa area charter school is recruiting candidates by offering pay that vastly exceeds what most public schools can offer. One teacher makes more than $106,000. 

Higher-paying states aren’t the only competition for teachers from Oklahoma’s traditional public schools.

The state’s largest virtual charter school is now using the draw of pay ranging from $64,000 on average up to more than $106,000 for its highest earners to lure applicants to keep pace with its staggering student enrollment growth. 

EPIC is currently recruiting applicants online with a chart titled “Respect and Compensation Matter,” showing the dramatic $18,000 gap between its average earning full-time teacher and the state’s average, and the $30,000 gap between its highest paid first-year teacher and what the state minimum pay is for a first-year special education teacher.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›