Oklahoma teachers consider a strike after state House fails to fund raises

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Oklahoma teachers say they have reached their breaking point over pay and school funding and may walk off the job next month.

Galvanized by a growing social media campaign, teachers wanted competitive pay to attract and keep teachers in the state. Teachers were hoping for a $5,000 raise with House Bill 1033, collectively called the Step Up Oklahoma Plan, which looked to increase the tax on tobacco and gas.

However, that bill was voted down in the state House because it didn’t get the 75% approval needed to pass, according to Oklahoma Department of Education Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.
“It was soul-crushing,” Hofmeister said.

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