Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2007
Senator Kenneth Corn
Corn Pushes for Increase in Teacher Pay/Dependant
Legislation has been introduced by Sen. Kenneth
Corn that would provide a significant increase in pay and benefits
for Oklahoma teachers.
Senate Bill 80 would increase the minimum salary schedule for
Oklahoma teachers, while Senate Bill 58 would provide all education
employees with 75 percent of their dependant coverage.
The Legislature was successful last year in passing a $3,000 across-the-board
pay increase for teachers, but Oklahoma needs to keep pace with
an increasing regional average, Corn said.
“By putting together a plan to meet the regional average,
we can keep our best and brightest teachers in Oklahoma classrooms,”
said Corn, D-Poteau. “While we were able to pass a pay increase
last year, other states are doing the same. It’s important
that we make progress every year.”
The measure would increase minimum salaries and provide incremental
pay raises dependant upon experience level. Additionally, the bill
would extend the current teacher pay scale by five years to help
keep more experienced teachers in the classroom.
With the exception of education employees, all state employees
are currently provided with 75 percent of their dependant coverage.
Corn’s measure would extend this benefit to teachers and support
staff, providing an additional incentive for the state’s best
educators to remain in Oklahoma schools.
“We want to treat our educators and support staff equally
regarding their health benefits and let them keep money that would
otherwise be going to their health insurance company,” Corn
said. “People often focus on salary but I think benefits such
as health insurance and retirement benefits are equally important
for our teachers.”
For more information contact:
Senator Corn's Office - (405) 521-5576