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Shawn Hime

“The survey shows the historic investment in teacher pay is beginning to put a dent in the teacher shortage. The overall hiring of more teachers is an especially encouraging sign, but it’s also obvious the teacher pipeline is weak,” said OSSBA Executive Director Shawn Hime. “The teacher shortage crisis is not over.”

Related: Summit focuses on new teacher 'pipeline' to help address statewide shortage

The state question would amend the Oklahoma Constitution and eventually move all gross production tax collections from oil and natural gas to a protected reserve fund. Currently, those collections provide millions of dollars in dedicated funding to schools, and the Legislature recently increased the gross produciton tax to help underwrite the teacher pay raise. The state question puts that revenue at risk with no guarantee of other revenue to offset the loss.

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