• Tulsa teachers, supporters hit the road for education funding

    By: Naomi Keitt


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

    • A House committee approved a plan to raise taxes for some oil producers
    • The tax would grow to 4 percent, bringing in around $95 million every year to the state
    • The Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association brings two buses of educators, teachers and supporters to OKC on Tuesday morning
    • They plan to talk to lawmakers about school funding and a pay raise bill going through the capitol this session 
    • Lawmakers say they have to fill a nearly-$900 million budget hole

    Packed into two buses, some of Tulsa's educators and their supporters trekked to the state's capitol.

    Legislators balancing on the deadline of a budget worked overnight, with a committee approving a plan to raise taxes for some oil producers to 4 percent. That action would bring about $95 million every year to the state. 

    To avoid a special session, legislators must pass a budget by the end of the day; they have a nearly $900 million budget hole to overcome. 

    The Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association met early Tuesday morning with educators and parents. Gathering into buses donated by TPS, they made their way to plead a case for educational funding.

    Tulsa Public Schools stands to make about $12 million in cuts from their budget; final decisions come after the state sets their budget. 

    Many are pushing for an oft-talked about 7 percent oil tax. 

    Some said they also wanted to discuss a pay raise bill expected to go through the capitol this session. 


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