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.