Oklahoma education group believes teacher pay plan can be funded
by Ben Felder
An education professional organization is pushing for an overhaul of the state’s teacher salary schedule that it believes will make Oklahoma the highest-paying state in the region.
“We have actually been working on this plan for about a year,” said Ginger Tinney, executive director of the Professional Oklahoma Educators, a non-profit professional organization that represents teachers and school staff.
The plan would drastically change the state’s teacher salary schedule for all years of service, including an increase of more than $5,000 for first-year teachers to $37,000 within six years.
Teachers in their 25th year would be paid $60,000, well above the current state minimum of $42,325.
The Professional Oklahoma Educators, which represents about 11,000 educators, began reaching out to lawmakers over the past few weeks and found a supporter in House Speaker Charles McCall, who endorsed the plan during a news conference Thursday.