State teachers union moves up deadline for legislators to approve teacher pay raises


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KTUL) -- Under pressure from teachers across the state, the Oklahoma Education Association has moved up its deadline for lawmakers to fund teacher pay raises by three weeks.

In a Facebook video posted Wednesday afternoon, OEA president Alicia Priest said if lawmakers don't pass a budget with significant pay raises by the beginning of April, walkouts will begin April 2.

This comes one day after the state teachers union announced an April 23 deadline after meeting with more than 200 superintendents from Oklahoma schools. The announcement drew ire from teachers across the state who said they were frustrated that they weren't involved in the decision.

Teachers who commented on OEA's Facebook page said the April 23 deadline was too late to make an impact.

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