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Teachers, school administrators join Oklahoma House Democrats in call for more education funds

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Some Oklahoma public school teachers and school administrators have joined a group of House Democrats in calling for an increase in tax dollars spent on public education.

Educators and Democratic lawmakers gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday, about two weeks after thousands of teachers and school administrators rallied at the Capitol for more classroom funding and better teacher salaries.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City says budget cuts have reduced state revenue for public schools by about $200 million in recent years. But Inman says schools are under more demands to implement unfunded education mandates and high-stakes testing of students.

Warner Public Schools Superintendent David Vinson says he has told four employees of the rural school district that he cannot afford to re-hire them because of budget uncertainty.

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