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Oklahoma approves tax deal but teachers vow to extend strike: The Oklahoma Senate passed a $44 million revenue and tax package on Friday to fund the state’s public schools, but the amount fell short of new spending sought by teachers who walked out in protest of a decade of education budget cuts and low salaries. [Reuters] Oklahoma Senate passes online sales, ‘ball & dice’ bills; they now head to Governor’s office [KFOR]Everything you should know about Oklahoma’s special sessions [OK Policy]
Oklahoma lawmaker says eliminating capital gains deduction not likely: The state’s largest teachers union has demanded an elimination of the capital gains tax deduction to end the current teacher walkout, but a House leader doesn’t see that becoming a reality this year. [The Oklahoman]The real cost of the capital gains deduction could be much more than $100 million, but we have good options for reform [OK Policy]
The Ongoing Teacher Protest in Oklahoma: Educators in Oklahoma — among the lowest-paid in the nation — have joined a rebellion in several Republican-led states. A strike by West Virginia teachers inspired the movement, which also spread to Kentucky and Arizona. Here’s a look at what’s happened and what could lie ahead. [AP]State Funding Crisis and the Teacher Walkout: Resources & Information [OK Policy]
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