Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2017
Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education heard
six measures to raise teacher pay on Wednesday.
Senate Appropriations Committee on Education approves teacher pay
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www.oksenate.gov and select “Media”)
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education met Wednesday and approved half
a dozen measures to increase teacher pay in Oklahoma. Sen. Jason Smalley,
R-Stroud, chairs the subcommittee. He said with 48 members, there were several
different ideas of how much the raises should be and how to pay for it.
“Six different pay raise bills were filed, and we gave the authors a chance to
present their thoughts and ideas and advocate their positions,” Smalley said.
“My next step will be to meet with our Appropriations Chair, Senator Kim David.
Ultimately one bill will move forward so we’ll look at these six plans and try
to mold them into the best possible legislation.”
The pay plans approved by the subcommittee included:
SB 8 by Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee
SB 97 by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair
SB 137 by Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso
SB 309 by Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore
SB 316 by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City
SB 618 by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa
“We heard teacher pay increase proposals ranging from $500 to $10,000. There
are different ideas about whether it should simply be across the board or if the
minimum salary should be raised. Some members have suggested that the funding
could be found by targeting tax preferences or by increasing certain taxes,”
“When you consider that just a $1,000 pay raise would be about $60 million, it
can add up very quickly. We need to determine the size, how it will be paid for
and if a phase-in plan is necessary,” Smalley said. “There’s a great deal to
decide, so the time to talk about it is now and not wait until April or May.”
For more information contact:
Jason Smalley at 405-521-5547 or