Oklahoma teachers rally at Capitol for pay raise

Oklahoma teachers rally for a pay raise Feb. 12 at the Oklahoma Capitol. (KOKH/Wayne Stafford)

Teachers from across Oklahoma flocked to the State Capitol Monday to show their support for a pay raise.

The educators were on hand to show their support for a $5,000 pay increase passed in House and Senate committees last week. The rally featured Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister and other education advocates.

The committees unanimously voted to pass a bill (HB1030) giving Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 pay raise, but only if another bill, HB1033, is passed. HB1033, endorsed by Step Up Oklahoma, raises an estimated $581 million in revenue by taxing cigarettes, tobacco, fuel, wind and increasing the gross production tax on wells to four percent for the first 36 months.

Those bills will head to the House floor for a full vote.

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