Another attendee told Barresi that many teachers were moving to Texas for the higher salaries. Barresi said that the "2k for teachers" program should cut this gap in half, and put Oklahoma ahead other states, such as Missouri, in terms of teacher salary.
"The single most important factor–parents being the first–in education is an effective teacher in the classroom," Barresi said.
The poverty level of communities like Chickasha, were addressed. Stewart Fairburn, Chickasha City Manager, noted that most student qualify for free lunches in Chickasha.
Barresi said that more and more, agencies are combining services.
"It's gotten us into rooms with each other and opened communication," she said.