Step Up Oklahoma is a plan designed to give teachers a $5,000 salary increase. Hundreds of those teachers rallied at the State Capitol this morning. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, along with former OU Head football coach, Oklahoma State University President and education leaders from across the state expressed their opinions and concerns.
"So here's my message for today our kids can't wait any longer," said Hofmeister.
"The Step Up proposal provides Oklahoma literally a lifeline. It ensures that no body bares too much of the burden and so we need to put to greater good of our State ahead of personal partisans or special interest," said President of Oklahoma State University Burns Hargis.
President of the Oklahoma Education Association Alicia Priest said today wouldn't be possible without the support of a nonpartisan group of Oklahoma business, civic and community leaders who formed the plan this year.
"We are so appreciative of all the work they've put into the step up coalition and the step up plan to get that revenue raising for our teachers to have a raise. We need this for the future of our state," said Priest.