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Fallin, State Leaders To Consider Raises for Oklahoma Teachers


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says she is meeting with legislative leaders to discuss a possible special session to consider raising teacher salaries but that no decision has been made.

Fallin says she met with leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday to discuss appropriating $140.8 million for teacher salaries.

The funds were part of mid-year budget cuts ordered for Oklahoma agencies amid a revenue downturn caused largely by declining oil and natural gas prices during the fiscal year that ended June 30. But the Office of Management and Enterprise Services said last week the money is available for reallocation.

Fallin says the fund could be returned to state agencies or used to help fund a teacher pay raise. She says it could be several weeks before a decision is made.