Burns Flat-Dill City School News

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Larry R. Johnson - BF/DC

On April 2, 2018, the Oklahoma Education Association called for a statewide walkout of teachers. This type of action had not happened since 1990. The 1990 walkout lasted 4 days and not only provided some of the largest reforms to education in our state’s history, it also gave teachers a pay raise. However, our legislature undid many of those reforms over the last ten years while our state failed to increase education funding as our student population rose steadily. Ignoring our classroom needs has led to a critical teacher shortage, greater class sizes and insufficient funding to provide the basic needs of our students.

Incredibly, the last few weeks saw our legislature work on a bipartisan basis to levy the first tax increase by our legislature in 28 years. In fact, 79 house members and 36 state senators voted to fund the largest teacher pay raise in state history (between $6,000 and $8,000 depending upon years of service). We also appreciate the $1200 raise provided to support personnel. Schools will also receive a minor amount to help pay for a portion of textbooks. Textbook funding has gone unfunded for the past three years.

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