Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A $893 Raise is Not Equal to a $1200 Raise

Our members worked very hard to ensure they got the raise they were promised based on what happened in 2005.

In 2005, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a $1200 average salary increase for all teachers with
intent language that stated:

It is the intent of the Legislature that Fifty-seven Million Seven Hundred Seventy-four Thousand Four Hundred Forty-three Dollars ($57,774,443.00) of the new funds appropriated to school districts through the State Aid formula for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, be utilized by the districts for teacher salary increases in the interests of attaining the regional average.


The 2006 Legislature passed a $3,000 + step salary increase for all teachers with
guarantee language:

The salary level of each state-paid teacher who was employed in a public school district during the 2005-06 school year shall be increased by at least Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) for the 2006-07 school year,. The salary increase provided for in this section shall be in addition to, and not as a re­placement for, the step increase indicated for the certified employee pursuant to the State Minimum Salary Schedule Oklahoma Statutes.

This year teachers received a $3325 raise compared to an average of $893 that was suppose to be $1200--when people tell you it was the OEA that got the raise for teachers, they are right.

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