Oklahoma committee reconsiders & approves teacher stipend

Apr 2, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would fund stipends for Oklahoma public school teachers has been approved by the same House budget subcommittee that earlier rejected the bill.

Rep. Ann Coody of Lawton asked members of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education Monday to reconsider the bill. The same committee defeated the measure a week ago over concerns about replacing the current system with a performance-pay system.

The panel voted 10-1 for the measure that authorizes $5,000 annual stipends to teachers who receive certification from a national board.

Budget cuts forced the Board of Education last year to withhold the bonuses and eliminate funding for a scholarship program that helps defray costs to teachers seeking the certification.

Last year's bonuses were restored in a supplemental appropriations bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

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