House passes bill combining teacher pay, longer school weeks

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A plan to give Oklahoma teachers a $1,200, across-the-board pay raise has been combined with a separate bill to force more school districts to return to five-day school weeks, and the proposal passed in the House.

The House late Wednesday, April 24, voted 68-30 for the measure, which is likely not in its final version.
Senate Republicans have said returning more Oklahoma school districts to a traditional five-day week is among their top priorities. But about one-fifth of Oklahoma’s more than 500 school districts have switched to four-day weeks and many like it.

The $1,200 pay raise has been a top priority of Gov. Kevin Stitt that is expected to cost the state a little more than $70 million each year.

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