- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is endorsing fellow Democrat Joe Dorman in his gubernatorial bid and criticizing Gov. Mary Fallin and other Republican leaders for being weak on education.

Known for his support of education during his two terms as governor, Henry formally announced his endorsement of Dorman on Thursday. The former governor criticized Fallin and Republican legislative leaders for failing to give Oklahoma teachers a pay raise despite Oklahoma’s recovery from the recession and record revenue collections.

With starting pay of $31,600, Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest paid in the nation, and Henry says teacher morale is low.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor is proud of endorsements from Republican U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, and former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer.


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