FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2014
REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR CRITICAL OF FALLIN’S PAY RAISES?
WESTON BELIEVES FALLIN APPOINTEES NOT TEACHERS DESERVE 58.5% PAY RAISES.
“Dave Weston is trying to divert attention from the fact that Fallin agreed to a fifty-eight point five percent pay raise (58.5%) for agency heads…”
Oklahoma City—Hours after it was discovered that Mary Fallin and her appointees approved massive salary increases for her political buddies, the State Republican Chair mounted a feeble attempt to blame Dr. John Cox for the decision a local school board made regarding his compensation.
“It is rather sad that Mr. Weston has such disregard for public educators and local control that he would criticize the hard work Dr. Cox does in his community while remaining silent as Governor Fallin jacks up the salaries for political buddies. Once again, Dave Weston proves that Republicans do not support public education,” stated Trav Robertson, Oklahoma Democratic Party Executive Director.
Today, it was announced that forty-eight (48) directors were granted raises by those board members appointed by Mary Fallin. One raise equaled more than a fifty-eight percent (58%) increase. Another raise equaled more than thirty percent (30%).
Robertson concluded, “ Weston has not said one thing this election cycle that is not hypocritical. He is okay with Mary Fallin giving her Republican political appointees raises, but is critical of a locally controlled school board’s decisions over compensation. If he is so concerned about tax dollars, he should point the finger at his nominee for Governor who approved of these raises and cut education by two hundred million dollars. Not to mention the fact that Dr. John Cox is the only person who has the educational background to be Superintendent of Public Instruction.”