The proposed budget appropriates 26-103, to receive the salary increase, regardless of whether employed by an off-the-formula district, a charter school, or otherwise. When are the salary increase requirements effective? This document is not intended to serve as legal advice, but is general in nature and reflects the questions OSDE has received as of June 24, 2019. PublishedDecember 19, 2022 at 3:41 AM CST. The new state superintendent will present his budget request to House and Senate lawmakers in the following weeks. Therefore, pay increases in the 2019-2020 school year must be in addition to the teachers step increase based on years of experience and degree level. She also questioned what sort of economic downturn it would take to justify tapping state reserves. It expressly states: SECTION 1. By December 31, 2019, school districts shall report to the State Department of Education the amount of increase in compensation each teacher received as a result of these funds. We are anticipating a large number of positions to be open in the next two or three years, and the colleges of education will tell you we are not seeing a big increase in the number of individuals or young people going into education, Pemberton said. All opponents were Republicans while those in favor consisted of the remaining Republicans and all Democrats. Republican Gov. 26-103, are to receive a salary increase in the 2019-2020 school year. Senate Bill 28 would give teachers $6,000 over 9 years, divided into three $2,000 raises. Six takeaways from Gov. StateImpact Oklahoma is a partnership of Oklahomas public radio stations which relies on contributions from readers and listeners to fulfill its mission of public service to Oklahoma and beyond. A survey released in February 2022 by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education found that in both the fall of 2020 and the fall of 2021, 20% of undergraduate-level teaching programs saw a drop in enrollment. Debate in opposition to the bill centered on concerns that it could negatively impact the teachers retirement system. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a particularly grueling time for teachers. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, introduced a comprehensive education package last week that includes a bill allocating $241 million for teacher pay raises. Pemberton said its up to the legislature to catch Oklahoma up. Whats not in the governors budget proposal. Kevin Stitt on Thursday approved changes to a $698 million economic development incentive package in an effort to lure a mega-manufacture, The Legislature is working on adjustments to the state's LEAD Act to lure a company reported to be Volkswagen to bring thousands of jobs w. Hopefully (the next meeting is about) numbers because I am not a policy guy. And I think education, our young people and our teachers need to be a priority.. "We had 3,338 emergency certifications last year," he said. Panel passes Oklahoma teacher pay raise bill. If Pembertons bills pass, he said it wouldnt prohibit the legislature from implementing more raises in the future. If Pembertons bills pass, he said it wouldnt prohibit the legislature from implementing more raises in the future. State reserves sit at just over $1 billion after Stitt directed the state to save an additional $200,000 last year, an idea that was hotly debated. Secretary of State Michael Rogers, who also doubles as Stitts education secretary, said the average teacher pay raise this year was $1,781 when the state funding was combined with contributions from local school districts. And I think education, our young people and our teachers need to be a priority.. There was a problem saving your notification. The average Teacher salary in Oklahoma is $53,527 as of January 26, 2023, but the range typically falls between $44,760 and $65,259. Stitt expresses 'strong disagreement' with Oklahoma AG over Catholic charter school, Former NFL star Chad Johnson says he saved money by living inside Cincinnati Bengals stadium for 2 years, Oklahoma's new Teacher of the Year celebrates by gifting her tuition waiver to aspiring nurse, Meet the 2023 Ms. Inside/Ms. The measure, which the governor backed, would use excess lottery proceeds to pay for half of a teachers raise. The funding boost would account for the rising cost to operate a school and provide extra funds to raise pay for support staff, whose wages wouldnt increase fromthe teacher raise,Education Department officials said. What legislation requires salary increases for certified personnel?House Bill 2765 is the General Appropriations bill, and as it relates to salary increases for certified personnel in the public schools, it provides: SECTION 1. she said. Raises would range from $2,500 to $10,000 on top of the state's minimum salary schedule, Walters said. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations. 9. Search by district or county. Some House lawmakers were angry when Walters presented Hofmeister's budget request, not his own, in a hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday. Kevin Stitts State of the State speech, Stitt asks lawmakers for $100 million to fund education during ongoing gaming dispute, Oklahoma Democrats respond to Stitt's State of the State address, Read Oklahoma Gov. Click here to donate online to support our journalism. Lawmakers approved an average teacher pay raise of $6,100 in 2018 and added another $1,200 in 2019. $10 million for the Digital Transformation Fund. While HB 1010xx gave support professionals a $1,250 pay raise, it was well short of the $5,000 they asked for. How is the pay raise funded? Pugh said the cost of the measure would be $250 million. The intention of the law makes clear that certified personnel, on average, should receive a $1,220 raise, to be annualized and continued in future years. "Our students deserve educators who arecompensated and respected as the professionals they are. Oklahoma teachers have been given raises over the last four years totalling more than $7,000. Its also the fourth lowest in the region. The Edmond senator has suggested the state spend $241 million on his pay-raise plan and another $300 million on further education reforms. She can be reached at or on Twitter at @NuriaMKeel. Senate Bill 482, by Senate Education Committee Chairman Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, would increase the minimum teacher salary schedule. Pemberton said its up to the legislature to catch Oklahoma up. He toldThe Center Squarehe hoped the pay raises would alleviate the state's teacher shortage. The intent is clear and the OSDE supports this expectation. We already have a teacher shortage, now the pipeline is almost empty. Should the Legislature agree to the increase, Oklahomas average teacher pay would rise to $59,000. I have worked for the Tulsa World since 1990. With the appropriation of $58,858,503 and an additional $74,790,265 in funds for operations through the funding formula, the OSDE believes districts will have sufficient funds to follow through with the intent of the Governor and Legislature. COVID appears to have increased the stress of an already stressful job. For support staff and paraprofessionals, its a little more complicated: Senate Bill 25 would give districts $1,200 per support staff member. She has won awards from both the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. Oklahoma teachers earn an average of $54,000 similar to the regional average of $53,600 but below the national average of $64,000, according to the state Department of Education. Oklahoma teacher say $2,500 pay raise not enough Franke, an educator of 20 years, said shed be happy with $2,500 as long as it goes into the Oklahomas minimum But even then, Oklahomas again fallen behind neighboring states. By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with Oklahoma Watch and Mailchimp to receive marketing, updates, and other emails from Oklahoma Watch. Whoops! State education officials said in a news release that it will require about $310 million to fully fund the teacher pay raise for Oklahoma's 52,850 The plan differs from one approved by the State Board of Education in September when it voted to asklawmakers for a $5,000 raise for state teachers. For support staff and paraprofessionals, its a little more complicated: Senate Bill 25 would give districts $1,200 per support staff member. 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, as provided in Section 18-114.14 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. From his first year in office when he worked with the Legislature to deliver a $1,200payraise, to this years proposal topaythose in the classroom six figure salaries, GovernorStitthas been a tireless advocate for getting Oklahomateachers to be the highest paid in the region and looks forward to continuing that effort with the next state superintendent, Kate Vesper wrote in a statement to The Oklahoman. The association is not backing the merit plan. There is no language in either bill requiring pay raises to begin September 1. In SB 1048, the OSDE is required to make a report of pay raises given in 2019-2020. Are principals and other administrators required to receive a pay raise? How will districts be held accountable for giving the pay raise? It's why he le, "What you're doing is, you're bringing chaos to order," Stewart tells the lawmaker from Broken Arrow during a nine-minute segment about Dahm's, All gender-reassignment therapies would be banned, including hormones, puberty-blockers and surgery for minors, and private insurers would be , Gov. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Support Nurias work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at Stitts budget proposes funding $25.3 million in gubernatorial The starting annual salary for an Oklahoma teacher is $38,074, and the average salary is $54,762, according to theNational Education Association. $50 million for technology improvements at state agencies. In order to meet these deadlines in a timely fashion, OSDE will calculate the amount of raise for each teacher based on the October 1 personnel reporting period and subsequently provide this information as required. I know that the Legislature wants to see high outcomes for students, and certainly the Legislature understands that we have to make a priority with kids and their education, Hofmeister said after Thursdaysboard meeting. Legislative Democrats indicated they intend to fight against putting away more money in state savings accounts. You have permission to edit this article. 17. StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. We figured the amount that (the $5,000 raise)would cost and made that ask in addition, she said Thursday. It is clear that the pay raise legislation is intended to give districts the maximum flexibility in implementing pay raises. Oklahoma teachers received a raise in pay in 2018, which is reflected in the table below. He has two decades of experience in journalism and communications. The bill moves next to the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committee. An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for a teacher pay raise to combat the states teacher shortage. The teacher pay raise would cost the state about $110 million, but Pemberton said given the states $2.8 billion in revenue savings collections, its time to strike while the iron is hot., You need to put your priorities out front, Pemberton said. Were trying everything we can to get young people back involved and keep older teachers in the system.. Donateonline. As a result, the amount appropriated provides enough funding to give a raise of $1,220 rather than $1,200 over twelve months. Stitt unveiled Monday his executive budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. We can't find teachers, especially in the math and science areas.". I know that the Legislature wants to see high outcomes for students, and certainly the Legislature understands that we have to make a priority with kids and their education, Hofmeister said after the state board in September agreed to pass her $5,000 raise request to lawmakers. The Courts opinion, effectively striking Referendum Petition 25 Ray Carter is the director of OCPAs Center for Independent Journalism. In addition, Senate Bill 1048 is the budget limits bill for the State Board of Education. Teachers with 15 years of experience and more would receive a $6,000 raise. Will the OSDE tell districts how much to spend on pay raises? He said it would put money toward reading materials, tutoring in the science of reading, dyslexia intervention grants, and hiring high school and college students to assist in schools. The state Minimum Salary Schedule remains the same as the one passed in the 2018 Legislative Session. Oklahoma starts its minimum salary scale at $36,601 for first-year educators. The states share of Medicaid expansion, which would be between $100 million and $150 million does not need to be appropriated next year, Mazzei said. Sign up for our newsletter to keep reading. The leader of the Senate Education Committee, Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, filed Senate Bill 482 to increase minimum salaries by $3,000 for teachers with under 15 years of experience and by $6,000 for educators with a 15-year career or longer. The number of students completing teacher education programs fell by more than one-third between 2008 and 2019, according to a 2022 report by the AACTE. The governor also proposes doubling the capacity of the states Rainy Day Fund so it can hold up to $2 billion. Lawmakers are also introducing bills that would give teachers pay raises. New legislation enacted this year offers matching funds to raise the salaries of certain teachers who earn specific credentials and mentor other educators. After the October 1 personnel reporting period, OSDE will publish a report including the difference in pay for each teacher and an average pay raise amount for each district. Better pay is vital for Oklahomas dwindling teacher workforce, Hofmeister said. Kevin Stitt's 2020 State of the State speech, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. This allows districts to differentiate pay if desired. He told The Center Square he hoped the pay raises would alleviate the state's teacher shortage. Kevin Stitt, Joy Hofmeister speak after primary election wins. Support Nurias work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at Between the 1999-2000 and the 2017-2018 school years, the number of full- and part-time public school teachers rose 18% to 3.5 million teachers, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Please reload the page and try again. Are charter schools required to give a pay raise? Districts can decide if they want to give staff a one-time pay increase of $1,200 or a one-time increase in an amount based on performance or the need to retain staff. Can a district include retirement payments for employees as part of the raise calculation? "How bad do things have to get for us to use the money that weve got in the savings account for the needs of the people of Oklahoma?" 11. The compromise at the end of session was as follows: districts would receive funding for pay raises, and be expected, but not required, to give an average $1,220 raise, to be annualized in future years. Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, a retired educator, introduced a bill in December that would give teachers a $2,000 annual raise for the 2023-2024, 2026-2027 and 2029-2030 school years. It also found that more than three-quarters had increased their teaching and nonteaching staff to levels exceeding those before the pandemic. The governor hopes to spark a discussion with legislators about how to spend those funds. Particularly hard-hit were Midwestern and Rust Belt states, as well as seeming outliers such as Alaska and Florida, whose Department of Education outlined critical shortages in no fewer than eight subject areas going into the 2019-2020 school year. SB 1048 appropriates $58,858,503 to be used for the purpose of providing an increase in compensation for certified personnel. This funding comes from the total amount appropriated to the financial support of public schools from the General Revenue Fund in the General Appropriations Bill, HB 2765. The number of students enrolling in teacher preparation programs fell by 80% at Oklahomas colleges and universities, showing a dramatic decline in interest to enter the teaching profession, according to a 2020 report from the Center for Education Progress. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on the city and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. When the salaries are adjusted for inflation, teachers are earning on average $2,179 less per year than they did a decade ago. The expectation is for all LEAs, including those not receiving state appropriated dollars through the funding formula (commonly referred to as off the formula districts). There is hereby appropriated to the State Board of Education from any monies not otherwise appropriated from the General Revenue Fund of the State Treasury for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, the sum of One Billion Four Hundred Seventy-eight Million One Hundred Five Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars ($1,478,105,700.00) or so much thereof as may be necessary for the financial support of public schools. No. Charter schools like this one are slated to reap the biggest benefits from a recent State Board of Education action to equalize funding between charter and traditional public schools. Kevin Stitt will face Democrat Joy Hofmeister in the November general election for Oklahoma governor. This budget request is Hofmeisters last as state superintendent. Oklahoma lawmakers last approved teacher pay raises in 2018 and 2019, with an average increase of $6,100 and $1,220 respectively. Weve slipped to number four in the region, so that means Texas and Colorado and New Mexico and a lot of these states are paying more and are drawing our teachers out of the state, Pemberton said. This is a year where weve just got to be fiscally prudent and careful and make sure we dont get into a position where we have to start cutting budgets next year because somewhere out there theres an economic downturn and we need to be ready for it, he said. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Senate Bill 482 would raise the base salary for public-school teachers in their first four years of service by $3,000. The state's largest teachers union, the Oklahoma Education Association, said educator salaries should be competitive with the rest of the region. Is this amount appropriated for the raise for 10 months only? This session, education support professionals must be a bigger part of our conversations about how to An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for a teacher pay raise to combat the states teacher shortage. Changes in enrollment is one causative behind this drop. Beth reports on education topics for StateImpact Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Education will include a $5,000 teacher pay raise in its annual budget request during the state board of education's upcoming Every day we strive to produce journalism that matters stories that strengthen accountability and transparency, provide value and resonate with readers like you. Addison Kliewer and Nathan J. Read the reports and hear the stories onNPR member stations. Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to give Oklahoma public school teachers and support staff a raise starting in the 2023-2024 school year. Previous pay raisesfor all educatorshave proven to increase qualitycandidates tothe profession.". (Emphasis added). SB 1048 identifies certified personnel as defined by 70 O.S. But even then, Oklahomas again fallen behind neighboring states. The OSDEs cost estimate of $70,630,204 for twelve months includes the employer contribution to OTRS and FICA. Budget & Tax Pemberton's bill is assigned to the Senate Education Committee. This probably isnt the year for an additional pay raise on top of what happened last year, Mazzei said. Senate Bill 482, if passed, would prompt the state's first wage increase in four years for Oklahoma teachers. This document is intended to assist LEAs in implementing the provisions of House Bill 2765 and Senate Bill 1048, specifically as they relate to salary increases for certified personnel during the 2019-2020 school year. Kevin Stitt and the states top education official, Ryan Walters, said Oklahoma should offer incentive-based raises instead of an across-the-board increase for all teachers. Of the funds appropriated in Section 1 of Enrolled House Bill 2765 of the 1st Session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature, Fifty-eight Million Eight Hundred Fifty-eight Thousand Five Hundred Three Dollars ($58,858,503.00) shall be used for the purpose of providing an increase in compensation for certified personnel as defined by Section 26-103 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes. The new superintendent nixed Hofmeister's proposed $5,000 across-the-board teacher pay raise, which would have cost nearly $310 million. The Oklahoma Board of Education voted to give teachers a $5,000 pay raise as part of its proposed $3.5 billion education budget for 2024. As stated above, the expectation is for certified personnel, as defined in 70 O.S. The earliest SoonerCare 2.0 could take effect would be in fiscal year 2022 because it will take time for the state to apply for the federal waiver and prepare for the expansion, he said. The minimum for a first-year teacher with a bachelors degree is now $36,601, a $5,001 increase over the previous minimum salary, which was set at $31,600 in 2008. The intent and expectation is for certified personnel, as defined in 70 O.S. Minimums and averages include benefits such as retirement plans and health, dental, vision and life insurance.

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