~ 57th Legislative Session opens ~

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Vowing to make education a priority for his administration following a teacher rebellion that shuttered schools for two weeks last year, Oklahoma’s new Republican governor told lawmakers Monday he wants to give classroom teachers a $1,200, across-the-board pay raise.


In his first State of the State address to lawmakers, Gov. Kevin Stitt delivered his plan for spending about $8.2 billion, including about $70 million from a budget surplus for a teacher pay proposal that would make the state the best in the region for educators’ pay and benefits.

The pay boost for teachers would be in addition to the average annual pay hike of $6,100 that teachers received last year before a statewide walkout over demands for more education spending. The walkout was part of a springtime rebellion of teachers across the nation, including Kentucky, West Virginia and Arizona.

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