Governor Signs Teacher Pay Raise Bill, Some Educators Are Still Walking Out


Oklahoma would be the second state this year where teachers walked out. On Thursday, Gov. Mary Fallin rushed to sign the bill into law.

The Senate vote was 36-10 in favor, the minimum needed to reach the three-quarters supermajority required for tax increases. Sen.

Teachers said that despite the decision in Frankfort, they are still here for their students. "We're going to hear that a lot because it's true".

In Oklahoma, the Republican-led legislature passed a bill raising taxes on the gas and oil industry as well as on cigarettes to provide public schools with more funding. It increases the state's gasoline tax by 3 cents and the diesel tax by 6 cents.

"While the Oklahoma City AFT accepts this package of pay raises, tax increases, and education investment, we consider it a down payment", Allen added. Lawmakers also plan to cap the amount of itemized deductions Oklahomans can claim on their taxes.

"We are grateful that Oklahoma's elected officials have come together to make a commitment to public school education and public school educators", Sjoberg said. "The school funding portion was quite a bit less than we asked for".

While it is still unclear how long the walkout will last for some teachers, OHP is prepared to keep an increased security presence at the Capitol as long as necessary. The association is calling for almost $1.5 billion in increased spending over three years.

"We have not funded education properly since 2007", he said. "We can get a better deal.' So I held out", said state Sen.

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The Senate agreed to pass the bill if the House repealed the hotel-motel tax. The nonprofit professional organization has almost 12,000 members. "I still have expectations for them and they don't want to let me down", says Wolfe. Although the legislation passed this week includes average pay raises of $6,100, Wallis said the lack of state funding guaranteed in the bill could leave local districts on the hook to pay for them.

Those raises go into effect July 1.

"I am starting to see some negative (reactions) from the public", she said. The state's largest teachers union is organizing the walkout and rally.

Speaking the authorities, the students revealed that the teacher had sex with one student the same day she took another to her apartment. "This bill allows us to begin to reverse Oklahoma's severe teacher shortage and begin attracting new talent to the profession while also rewarding career educators". Teacher compensation is now the lowest in the region and among the lowest in the country, according to education groups.

According to CNBC, Oklahoma's teachers annual salary is $42,460, the lowest in the nation. The regional average was $48,450.

"This is just a frustration from our guys going we were already upside down on how we're going to get the money to pay for these important pay raises", said Representative Scott Inman (D) Del City. However, some will head to the Capitol on Monday to hand out water and snacks and thank lawmakers.

Some KXII viewers wrote on Facebook that the raise should be enough, but teachers like high school teacher Chuck Pack said they're not done yet.