Oklahoma Teachers Union Lays Out $1.4 Billion In Demands From Legislature
In the first public press conference since talk of a statewide teacher walkout began, the largest Oklahoma teachers union laid out its demands for the state legislature.
The demands include:
Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest says the goal is not to close schools, it’s to fund education. But, if the legislature doesn’t act schools will shut down on April 2.
“Schools will stay closed until we get what we are asking for,” she said.
The OEA’s plan does not identify specific revenue sources because Priest says the legislature has developed several plans over the past few years that could be used to fund the raises.
Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz says a $10,000 raise over time is possible, but it’s going to be tough.
“That would be about $600 million in additional revenue. We’ve seen a struggle in the House to pass anything that would raise $300-$400 million [in revenue]. So I think if you’re asking that chamber to raise $600 million… that would be very difficult.”
He said he thinks a $5,000 raise is more obtainable.
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