Pay Raise Coming For OK Teachers

2-13-06- A state Senate committee Monday approved a bill to give public school teachers $3,000 a year pay raise.

The bill would also double the $5,000 bonus teachers are given after earning national board certification. The bonus would increase to $7,500 next year and to $10,000 in 2008. The bill was approved by the Senate Education Committee on a 24 to nothing vote and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Senator Stratton Taylor says the bill speeds up Governor Henry's plan to bring teacher pay to the regional average.