Gov. Mary Fallin signs $2.9 billion funding bill for schools

Gov. Mary Fallin signs $2.9 billion funding bill for schools

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) - As the statewide teacher walkout prepares to enter its third day, Governor Mary Fallin has signed a series of bills aimed at providing funding for schools, teachers and support staff.

The $2.9 billion appropriation bill was signed for the 2019 fiscal year, and is a roughly 19 percent increase from the current fiscal year's appropriation bill.

HB 3705
  includes $353.5 million for teacher pay, $52 million for support personnel pay, $33 million for textbooks, $17 million for state aid and $24.7 million for health benefits.

The total increase in education funding amounts to just over $480 million dollars.

In addition, the governor signed bills providing a $1,250 pay raise for school support personnel
and a bill that provides a tiered pay raise for state employees.

All three measures go into effect July 1.

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