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Senate passes 2 bills; Teachers aren't finished yet

Senate passes 2 bills; Teachers aren't finished yet

"This week, teachers' voices were heard throughout the Capitol and beyond, proclaiming that Oklahoma public education can no longer be denied adequate funding and that learning conditions can't be pitted against teacher salaries", Allen said.

In response, the Bartlesville School Board held an emergency meeting this afternoon and announced it would not have enough teachers available to have school on Monday.

Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest told teachers rallying at the Capitol that lawmakers must eliminate a capital gains tax exemption and the governor must veto a repeal of a proposed lodging tax to end the protests.

The state Senate passed a bill Friday to tax sales from Amazon and other internet retailers. The state House approved that measure on Wednesday.

Like a result of very low pay at home and better chances across state lines, Oklahoma is grappling having a teacher shortage that's driven some college districts to decrease curricula, also go to your in-state faculty week.

The Senate also passed HB3375, which relates to "ball and dice" games and is expected to bring in $22 million.

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The Oklahoma Senate passed two revenue bills Friday morning, both directly related to educational funding.

Last, the Senate voted on repealing the HB1010 Hotel Motel Tax as agreed to last week.

The "ball and dice" bill allows Las Vegas-style gaming and betting in the state. Therefore, not enough to end the walkout. "Legislators have acted, and we call on Gov. Mary Fallin to sign the bills and respect the efforts of teachers, whose sole objective this past week was to ensure that Oklahoma students get what they need for a bright future".

As the first two bills were passed as teachers hoped they would be, there was a resounding feeling of hope inside the capitol. "It's just a small step, we need some larger strides", said Eisenhower Middle School teacher Mike Hoffman.

The Oklahoma Senate approved two bills Friday created to generate about $40 million more for public schools, but it was unclear whether that would be enough to placate thousands of teachers on a five-day strike seeking more money for education.