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Oklahoma education officials approve $5,000 pay raise for teachers

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The Oklahoma Board of Education has voted to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise as part of its proposed $3.5 billion education budget for 2024. | MORE | Hofmeister says Oklahoma teachers should get a $5,000 pay raise to stay competitive. Board members voted unanimously and agreed that more needs to be done for teachers. But lawmakers are the ones who have the final say on wage increases. “We need to invest in people so that our children have what they need to learn and can grow our economy,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “So it’s about a healthy, educated workforce, and it starts with teachers.” The average salary in the Sooner State is lower than the average salary in the states in the region – Colorado, Texas and New Mexico. “We have to keep pace with the market, and this is a big step in that regard. And it’s not one and done,” Hofmeister said. State Sen. Adam Pugh, who is the chairman of the committee of education, told KOCO 5 that the Senate is constantly looking for ways to improve education outcomes.”During the interim, Pro Tem (Greg) Treat, his team members and I have regularly met with teachers and administrators from across the state to listen to their concerns and find ways the legislature can help them achieve these goals,” said Pugh, R-Edmond. “We will consider OSDE’s request, and she’ll go through the budgeting process, like she always does.” | MORE | Oklahoma State Department of Education to offer $5,000 pay raise for teachersGov. Kevin’s Office Stitt did not weigh in on this specific pay raise, but said he supported paying teachers more. next state superintendent, Carly Atchison, director of communications for Stitt’s office, told KOCO 5 in a statement earlier in the week. Lawmakers won’t meet for the next regular session until February.

The Oklahoma Board of Education has voted to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise as part of its proposed $3.5 billion education budget for 2024.

| MORE | Hofmeister says Oklahoma teachers should get $5,000 pay raise to stay competitive

Board members voted unanimously and agreed that more needs to be done for teachers. But lawmakers are the ones who have the final say on wage increases.

“We need to invest in people so that our children have what they need to learn and can grow our economy,” said State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. “So it’s about a healthy, educated workforce, and it starts with teachers.”

Hofmeister and the Oklahoma State Department of Education argue that the increase is necessary to retain and attract teachers to Oklahoma. The average salary in the state earlier is lower than the average salary in the states in the region – Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

“We have to keep pace with the market, and this is an important step in that regard. And it’s not a fact,” Hofmeister said.

State Senator Adam Pugh, who is the chair of the Education Committee, told KOCO 5 that the Senate is constantly looking for ways to improve education outcomes.

“During the interim, Pro Tem (Greg) Treat, his team members, and I have met regularly with teachers and administrators across the state to listen to their concerns and find ways the legislature can help them. achieve these goals,” said Pugh, R-Edmond. “We will review OSDE’s request, and it will go through the budgeting process, as it always does.”

| MORE | Oklahoma State Department of Education to offer $5,000 pay raise for teachers

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office did not weigh in on that specific pay raise, but said it supports paying teachers more.

“Governor Stitt has been a tireless advocate for Oklahoma’s teachers to be the highest paid in the region and looks forward to continuing that effort with the state’s next superintendent,” said Carly Atchison, director of communications for the Stitt’s office, to KOCO 5 in a statement. earlier in the week.

Lawmakers won’t meet for the next regular session until February.