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Oklahoma House passes phased-in teacher pay raise measure

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that calls for a $6,000 raise for public school teachers over three years, although lawmakers have not figured out how to pay for it.

The House voted 92-7 for the bill on Tuesday and sent it to the Senate.

The bill by Republican Rep. Michael Rogers of Broken Arrow calls for a $1,000 raise next year, $2,000 the following year and $3,000 in the third year.

Rogers says there's strong support for raising teacher salaries this year and that work is underway to find a funding source. A $1,000 raise would cost about $53 million a year.

Oklahoma's average teacher salary of $44,921 is last in a seven-state region that includes Oklahoma and hasn't been raised since 2008.

House Bill 1114: http://bit.ly/2lfTxD6

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