More than 500 teachers recruited with Oklahoma’s new sign-on bonus program

Oklahoma’s new teacher sign-on bonus program championed by State Superintendent Ryan Walters is poised to award 533 teachers with bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 — despite initial concerns about its legality.

Disbursement of bonus checks is pending receipt of required documents, a final certification check, a final check on years of service, and a signed five-year agreement.

The amount of the bonus increases based on certain qualifications, like teaching students with special needs or working with rural and high-poverty schools.

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