Oklahoma State Board of Education suggests $5,000 teacher pay raise in budget proposal | #Education | #sextrafficing | #childsaftey

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – All five board members present at Thursday’s meeting voted to approve the $3.5 billion budget.

In it, the board asks for $5,000 pay raises across the board for all teachers.

“We’ve got to be competitive and attract and keep great teachers,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The raise would add $309 million to the budget.

Hofmeister said there is also money for district to hire more support staff.

“They can hire more school counselors, but they can also give an increase to the support staff,” said the State Superintendent. “Those are bus drivers, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, those who are working with special education students, as well.”

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