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Morning Bell: Funding plan expected today

Good Friday morning. Yesterday I reported the Oklahoma Education Association planned to present its own funding proposal ahead of an April 2 teachers strike, if lawmakers failed to act on their demands. Well, that funding proposal is expected to be announced this morning. 

"If the Legislature is unable (to pass a funding measure) we are ready to roll one out," said David DuVall, executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association, which has called for an April 2 teachers strike if more than $800 million in funding demands are not met for next fiscal year, including a $10,000 teacher pay raise. 

I would expect the proposal to include a variety of tax increases, such as increased taxes on oil and gas production, motor fuel and income. NewsOK will have the details once announced. 

Twenty-eight years later

Teachers who participated in a 1990 strike said they have watched all their hard-fought reforms vanish as new legislators were elected and promises went unfunded and forgotten.

“We went from such hope to this reality that we’re now in where it seems like we’re in the same spot,” said Claudia Swisher, 72, of Norman, who retired after 39 years, most of which were spent at Norman schools.

License revoked of teacher who brought heroin to school 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday revoked the teaching certification of a former Sapulpa elementary school teacher who brought heroin into her classroom.

Megan Sloan, 27, was arrested May 1 after a fellow teacher at Holmes Park Elementary School reported discovering an online conversation in which Sloan discussed heroin use and pawning school property. Sloan had left her Facebook account open on a computer, authorities were told.

Lee school name-change update

Members of the Lee Elementary School community say that school’s foundation and centennial celebration are in danger of losing funding if the name of the legacy Tulsa elementary school changes to anything but Lee, reports the Tusla World

The committee appointed to consider changing the name met again Wednesday and plans to reveal a community input process next week, Tulsa Public Schools said in a statement.

March for Our Lives Rally this Saturday

Oklahoma high school students Doran Walter and Brennan Bratcher are helping to organize the local March for Our Lives Rally on Saturday, which will include a protest in favor of stricter gun legislation. I recently spoke with both students in an interview you can watch here

That does it for today's Morning Bell. Have a great weekend. See you Monday!

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›