April 4, 2018

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Latest News, Oklahoma

After Failing Teachers, Governor Mary Fallin Compares Them to Spoiled Teenagers

Fallin Compares Teachers to a “Teenage Kid That Wants a Better Car”

Governor Mary Fallin is struggling to come to grips with the scope of her failures in Oklahoma. Rather than take responsibility for the problems created by her drastic cuts to education funding, the governor had the audacity to accuse the teachers of being spoiled:

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under siege after she compared striking teachers converging on the state Capitol to rally for education funding to “a teenage kid that wants a better car.”

She didn’t stop there. Fallin then questioned whether the striking teachers were actually incited by “outside groups” like Antifa.

The governor also told Villafranca she was skeptical the teacher walkout was a homegrown movement, saying she suspected outside groups, including Antifa — short for anti-fascist — were involved.

But when you look at Fallin’s terrible education record, it’s clear that these protests are completely justified. In 2016, Oklahoma ranked 49th in teacher pay. Since 2008, the state has cut per-pupil funding by 28%, the largest cut in the nation. And one fifth of all school districts can only afford to stay open four days a week.

Fallin is one of the least popular governors in the county. A Sooner Poll from earlier this year showed her favorability under water by 23 points.

“Governor Fallin’s response to Oklahoma’s education crisis shows why she’s one of the most unpopular governors in the country,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Instead of working to improve Oklahoma schools, she attacks teachers and peddles conspiracies. This November, Oklahoma voters will vote for a governor who can move the state beyond Fallin’s failures.”