Thousands of Oklahoma teachers to rally for education

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 31, 2014
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Public school teachers from across Oklahoma plan to rally at the state Capitol for more state funding for public schools and better teacher salaries.

The Oklahoma Education Coalition organized Monday’s rally and says as many as 25,000 educators, parents and school administrators are expected to attend.

The coalition says there are about 40,000 more students in the state this year than in 2008 — but that public schools are operating with $200 million fewer dollars and 1,500 fewer educators. The coalition says state funding for public education has faced greater per pupil cuts than any other state.

Gov. Mary Fallin says she supports more funding for public education. Last year she signed a budget bill that included $120 million in new education money. She’s proposed another $50 million funding increase.