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Oklahoma House speaker endorses $6,000 teacher pay increase

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OKLAHOMA CITY – New House Speaker Charles McCall is endorsing a pay increase for Oklahoma teachers that would phase in a $6,000 pay raise during a three-year period.

McCall said in a statement released Thursday that he believes House Republicans will support the bill by Broken Arrow Republican Michael Rogers, chairman of the House Public Education Committee.

Rogers’ House Bill 1114 includes a $1,000 raise next year, followed by raises of $2,000 the following year and $3,000 the next year.

McCall has said increasing teacher pay will be one of the caucus’ top priorities, but it’s not clear how lawmakers plan to pay for it.

Every $1,000 pay increase for public school teachers would cost the state about $60 million. The Legislature already is facing a budget hole of nearly $870 million.