Heading into 2020, Oklahoma legislators have introduced a number of bills in an effort to fight the state’s teacher shortage.
Legislators increase education funding, kick most health and criminal justice questions down the road
StateImpact followed legislators’ actions on education, criminal justice reform, Medicaid expansion and abortion.
Educators have proven to be a powerful force throughout the primaries and a rising political outsider who opposes a key issue among many teachers is having trouble getting their support.
This past legislative session lawmakers passed a $430 million tax package in order to fund teacher pay raises. Now a group called Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite is working to overturn the tax increases. This has created a lot of uncertainty for school leaders who now wonder if they’ll be able to afford the teacher raises they fought so hard for.
An anti-tax group is circulating a petition to overturn new state taxes, but multiple education groups have challenged the petition, saying it is unconstitutional.