~ 57th Legislative Session ~

OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican Governor Kevin Stitt told Oklahoma lawmakers last week that he wanted to increase the pay of public school teachers, make major changes in the state’s criminal justice system and increase funding for health care.

Stitt, making his first State of the State speech, asked lawmakers to bring public school teachers’ pay to number one in the region in pay and benefits, an increase of $1,200 per teacher. He called for a bonus recruitment program, estimated to cost $5 million, to encourage certified teachers to stay in Oklahoma.

Stitt, however, stopped short of calling for a pay increase for state employees, CareerTech teachers and higher education faculty. Instead he said he would sign any legislation that sought to break down the silos between common education, CareerTech’s and higher education.



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