Governor Stitt Delivers First State of the State Address

Governor Kevin Stitt on Monday delivered his first State of the State Address to the Oklahoma Legislature. He said his administration is committed to public education. "We are confronted with a nationwide teacher shortage," he said. "This is not a problem unique to our state, but Oklahoma was among the hardest hit. With recent revenue growth, I ask the Legislature to bring our teachers to number one in the region in pay and benefits. This amounts to a $1,200 increase per teacher." He also wants a bonus recruitment program, up to $5 million, to encourage teachers to stay in Oklahoma after graduating college, to return to the classroom after a hiatus, or to move to Oklahoma for the first time.

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