Oklahoma education funding bill signed; teacher protest continue

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Another day of teacher protests are planned in Oklahoma over higher pay. 

Meanwhile Gov. Mary Fallin signed public school support staff and state employees pay raise legislation into law.

School support staff will see a $1,250 pay increase; Public employees a $750-$2,000 raise, depending on their current salary.

The laws will go into effect July 1.

Gov. Fallin also signed the state’s $2.91 billion education budget into law.

The $2.9 billion education budget includes $353.5 million for teacher pay; $52 million for support personnel pay; $33 million for textbooks; $17 million for the state aid formula; and $24.7 million for flex health care benefits. A total increase of $480.2 million for education funding for fiscal year 2019.

The bill signings come amid a teacher walkout in the state, with teachers, supporters — including public employees — calling for better funding of education and core state services.

Tuesday was the second day thousands of protesters converged on the capitol, protesting for change. Fallin signed teacher pay raise legislation, providing an average $6,100 pay increase, into law last week.

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