Oklahoma School Leaders Concerned About Voter Referendum to Reverse Tax Package

A Tulsa law firm that represents more than 300 school districts is recommending its clients hold off on giving their teachers a raise, despite a new law that increases teacher pay by about $6,000.

Governor Mary Fallin recently signed the raises into law, approving a nearly $400 million tax package to pay for them.

But The Tulsa World reports school leaders are concerned about a voter referendum — brought on by a group called Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite — that seeks to reverse those new tax increases.

In the event the referendum makes it on a ballot and voters approve it, the school leaders fear they’ll be obligated to pay for the raises without the increase in state funding.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has asked for an attorney general opinion on whether districts are required to issue the raises now — or if they can wait until the outcome of the referendum is settled.