Antonio Flores has been teaching music in Oklahoma City public schools for five years.
He says it’s, “the place I feel the most comfortable so summer is hard because I feel that I’m out of my home.”
But not out of work, Flores says he has a side job to make ends meet.
He says he was hopeful a proposed sales tax on the ballot SQ 779 would help ease some financial burdens.
It’s a penny sales tax, that would grant $5,000 raises to teachers across the state.
Representatives with OCPA Impact and Oklahoma based advocacy group filed a complaint against the sales proposal, claiming some of the petition language was inaccurate.
Oklahoma Education Association president, Alicia Priest calls the move, a bump in the road.
“It just makes you slow down for a bit, you still get to your destination which is a vote of the people,” says Priest.
According to Priest the original penny tax petition received more than 3000,000 signatures of support; more than enough to keep her fighting for teacher raises.