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State senator says Oklahoma teachers might participate in another walkout if bill passes

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Sarah Hoss, a Rose State college professor, holds a sign up during the teacher walkout April 2.

 An Oklahoma state senator said it is possible that many Oklahoma teachers will participate in another walkout if one bill passes in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 2621 was authored by Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, and allows people to claim tax credits for donating scholarship money to low-income students for private schools or for making donations to local public schools.

“This bill is threatening to public school teachers because it distracts attention and $30 million in funds away from the public school funding formula that is $740 million short to compete with regional averages,” State Sen. Mary Boren, D-Norman, said.

Boren said she is unsure about when the bill will be heard, but hopes that if it is, teachers will find a different way to get their message across.

“I truly hope another walkout will not happen,” Boren said. “I believe professional educators have found more effective ways to make their expectations clear. But, I’m not privy to teacher leaders' decisions regarding another walkout.”

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Bailey Lewis is a journalism junior and a senior news reporter at the Daily.

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