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OKLAHOMA CITY – Comanche County’s public school teachers will see larger paychecks under a school funding deal signed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt last week.
The deal, part of a $8.3 billion budget package, was signed by Stitt just before lawmakers adjourned their session for the year.
The deal includes a $1,220 pay increase for about 97 percent of the state’s public school and an additional $74.3 million that schools can use to hire additional teachers, counselors and social workers.
The package also earmarks $5.5 million for the Reading Sufficiency Act, fully funding the third-grade reading initiative; $18 million for CareerTech centers – to increase pay for both employees and faculty – and $28 million to the higher education system to fund research programs and salary increases for faculty.
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