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Low Pay No. 1 Reason Oklahoma Teachers Quit, Survey Says: The State Department of Education surveyed thousands of former teachers about why they left the profession, and what it would take to get them back. The survey results, released Monday, suggest most quit because of low pay. Survey Details: When asked the open-ended question, “Why did you quit teaching in Oklahoma Public Schools?” 34 percent of respondents cited pay or a better opportunity. However, when given a multiple-choice question, 48 percent of respondents chose pay as the most important factor in their decision to quit teaching [StateImpact Oklahoma]. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced her department’s proposed budget will include $289 million for a statewide $5,000 salary increase [NewsOK]. Another year goes by, and Oklahoma still leads the nation for cuts to education [OK Policy].
Oklahoma teachers continue wait for pay raise a decade after last increase: Cache Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Corey Holland worries about losing teachers due to low pay. But he’s especially concerned with the idea of potential teachers rejecting the career before they ever get started. “My oldest son loved being around students, went on church mission trips, was a summer sponsor for church camp and volunteer coach; he is the kind of person we need around kids,” Holland said [NewsOK].
Special session call amended: Gov. Mary Fallin adjusted the list of policies she will allow the Legislature to tackle during the second special session, and the new version looks similar to the Step Up Oklahoma plan. Her office issued a news release Friday evening, announcing she had updated the call to include several provisions, including new taxes on oil and gas, renewable energy generation, cigarettes and motor fuels [Journal Record]. Frequently asked questions about Oklahoma’s special session [OK Policy].
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