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Oklahoma teacher pay raise fails amid looming walkout

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A plan to give Oklahoma schoolteachers a pay raise has fallen short in the Oklahoma Senate after a package of tax increases to pay for it couldn't get enough votes.

Amid a looming teacher strike, the Senate late Wednesday voted on a series of bills, including one to give teachers a nearly 13 percent, across-the-board pay hike.

But Democrats who say the revenue plan is inadequate and a handful of fiercely anti-tax Republicans joined to prevent the bill from getting the three-fourth's vote needed to pass a tax increase. It included tax hikes on cigarettes, motor fuel, and oil and natural gas production.

Oklahoma public school teachers have threatened a statewide strike beginning April 2 over demands for better pay and more funding for schools.

Ada City Schools told KTEN Wednesday that if teachers do walk out, the district will close all schools until educators return. Depending on how long any walkout might last, it could require extra school days be added to the academic calendar.

KTEN contributed to this report.

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