There’s disagreement over just how much, and what percentage, of the money from State Question 779’s massive sales tax increase will go to public school teacher compensation.
Three groups have reached different calculations for how much it would cost to provide a $5,000 pay raise for every public school classroom teacher in Oklahoma:
$210 million – Oklahoma Deserves Better
$245 million – OCPA Impact
$300 million – Oklahoma State School Boards Association
Yet these three numbers have something in common: they’re all less than 50% of the total amount — $615 million — that 779’s supporters say the 779 tax increase will collect each year!
And the hard truth is, when you read closely 779’s fine print, it’s clear that, other than the money for the $5,000 pay raise, not one penny more of the 779 tax money is guaranteed to go to teacher compensation.
Bottom line: less than 50% of the 779 tax money is guaranteed to go to teacher compensation. Period.
Not convinced? Read 779’s fine print and do the math for yourself: