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Gov. Brad Henry (D) • Feb. 4

In his annual speech to lawmakers, Gov. Henry urged them to follow through with the final year of a five-year plan to raise Oklahoma’s average teacher salary by $1,200—bringing it up to the regional average of $43,519. He backed a plan by state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett to expand the school year, whose length lags behind those of most other states by five days, and he proposed a “graduation coach” program aimed at keeping at-risk students from dropping out. That program would be modeled after one in Georgia, which Gov. Sonny Perdue recently recommended for expansion. ("Georgia," Jan. 23, 2008.)

Vol. 27, Issue 23, Page 22

Published in Print: February 13, 2008, as Oklahoma
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