Senator Stratton Taylor
president Pro Tempore Emeritus
Senate District 2
Rogers and Mayes Counties
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2006
Sen. Susan Paddack
Senate OKs Largest Teacher Pay Raise in 7 years
State Senators gave approval Tuesday to
a $339.1 million boost in public school funding, including
the largest teacher pay raise in seven years. By a 41-5
vote the Senate sent Senate Bill 1644 by Senators Susan
Paddack and Stratton
Taylor to the House for consideration.
Senate Bill 1644 includes a $3,000 across the board
increase for all teachers in Oklahoma; doubles the annual
salary increase incentive for teachers who complete
the rigorous National Board Certification process; and
increases in the annual stipend paid to mentor teaches
and teachers with masters degrees and doctorates.
Oklahoma began an effort two years ago to raise teacher
salaries to the regional average. SB 1644 will give
that effort a substantial boost.
“Bringing teacher pay up to the regional average
is long overdue in Oklahoma, but that average is a moving
target. If we are ever going to get there we need to
take this bold step now,” said Taylor, chairman
of the Senate Appropriations Sub-Committee on Education.
Paddack said SB 1644 recognizes personal responsibility
and accountability among educators.
“Teachers who are willing to invest their time
and energy to better equip themselves to educate our
children by earning an advanced degree or achieving
National Board Certification will be rewarded with a
significant pay increase,” Paddack said.
The bill raises the annual stipend for teachers with
masters degrees from $1,200 to $4,200 and for teachers
with doctorates from $1,200 to $6,200. Currently teachers
who earn National Board Certification receive an annual
salary increase of $5,000. SB 1644 increases that stipend
to $10,000 and the annual stipend for mentor teachers
The measure also includes:
• A pay increase for school support personnel;
• An increase in funding for early childhood programs
for children with special needs;
• And up to $15 million in state and private funding
for an innovative pilot program for additional early
more information contact:
Senator Taylor's Office - (405) 521-5555