Oklahoma teacher pay dispute: factoring in cost of living
April 8, 2018
Teachers in about 70 Oklahoma school districts staged a week of walkouts over low pay and slender school budgets. A common talking point is that they are paid far less than teachers nationwide.
Lawmakers and the governor agreed that education spending should rise after many years of austerity, passing a tax increase to help cover a salary hike of about $6,100 a year.
But many teachers say they’re looking for a long-term commitment to both wages and school support.
Our recent fact-check confirmed that Oklahoma teacher salaries rank near the bottom. But one point deserves a closer look: Wha...