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Gov. Stitt praises passage of teacher pay raise bill

Posted: 5:58 PM, Feb 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-21 23:58:27Z
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is praising the House passage of a bill that would give teachers in the state an across-the-board $1,200 raise.

“My administration believes the next step to moving the needle in education outcomes is continuing to invest in the classroom teacher. I applaud the House for their overwhelming support of HB 1780 and Representative Rhonda Baker for championing this piece of legislation, Stitt said. "The $1,200 pay raise is an important element to help address teacher retention and shortage in Oklahoma."

House Bill 1780 would provide a raise of $1,200 to public school teachers. The bill passed out of the House by a vote of 94-0 and now heads to the Senate for full consideration.

Stitt also praised the passage of House Bill 2739, which he said will be a key component to improving Oklahoma's economic standing.

“I appreciate the House for also taking the lead in bringing life back into the Quick Action Closing Fund, a vital tool for recruiting job creators and diversifying our economy. In order to grow Oklahoma and demonstrate to the nation that we are not afraid to compete with our neighbors, we must financially prioritize efforts to support commerce and workforce development. The $5 million passed in the House is a good first step to equip Oklahoma in achieving Top Ten in economic growth.”

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