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Board Discusses Walkout

TEACHER PAY CONTROVERSY: Many teachers attended the March 12 school board meeting to discuss a recommendation that would allow the superintendent to close all district schools in the event of a teacher “walkout” in support of the Oklahoma Education Association’s recent teacher pay recommendations.

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On March 12 during its monthly meeting, the Union School Board of Education discussed a proposed measure that would authorize the superintendent to close schools for up to 25 days in the event of a teacher “walkout” in support of the Oklahoma Education Association’s recommendations. OEA has proposed a teacher pay raise of $10,000 over three years and has called upon legislators to fund the raises by the statutory deadline of April 1. In the event the deadline is not met, the teacher’s union has set April 2 as a walkout date.

OEA’s proposal calls for the pay increase to occur over three years; $6,000 in the first year, and an additional $2,000 for two successive years. It has been 11 years since teachers in Oklahoma have had a pay raise. Teacher pay in Oklahoma is currently ranked 49th in the nation.

Updated 03-22-2018

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