Oklahoma House passes phased-in teacher pay raise measure

Posted at 3:48 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 16:48:08-05
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that calls for a $6,000 raise for public school teachers over three years, although lawmakers have not figured out how to pay for it.
The House voted 92-7 for the bill on Tuesday and sent it to the Senate.
The bill by Republican Rep. Michael Rogers of Broken Arrow calls for a $1,000 raise next year, $2,000 the following year and $3,000 in the third year.
Rogers says there's strong support for raising teacher salaries this year and that work is underway to find a funding source. A $1,000 raise would cost about $53 million a year.
Oklahoma's average teacher salary of $44,921 is last in a seven-state region that includes Oklahoma and hasn't been raised since 2008.

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