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Teachers walk out in Oklahoma and Kentucky

03 April 2018

Rally organizers said its unclear how long this walkout will last.

Waldrop's daughter, Lauren, held a sign that read, "My mom shouldn't have to work two jobs to support my family and yours".

Canadian County's Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth told MSNBC that in his district alone it would cost $1 million to replace all of the outdated math textbooks.

The father of one student said he couldn't believe teachers stood by as the classmates traded blows.

"I think they are listening", said Curtis.

"It just broke my heart", Cole said.

Retired teacher Claudia Swisher tweeted that Oklahoma teachers 'are the poorest-paid.

With no raises for teachers in more than a decade, Oklahoma educators now have the lowest average pay of any state in the country.

Despite the frustration and even anger, the mood inside Oklahoma's Capitol was upbeat and something of an expo, with legislators offering hot coffee and bagels to protesting teachers and their supporters.

Teachers became outraged last week when the state Legislature, struggling to fund the public employee retirement system, passed a bill to overhaul the pensions. "We are the only unified protest group", he says. There has been a flood of teachers leaving for Texas, educators report. "We are extraordinarily fortunate in Norman that our community is so supportive of public education and we want to continue to support our educators without jeopardizing that relationship".

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A coalition with former U.S. Sen. However, these bargaining rights came at a price. "Some people who have not cared yet care because their kids are missing school now, and now they're paying attention".

It's also evidence that as stumbling and bumbling as it often is, and as constrained as it is by the state's odd constitutional requirements, the Oklahoma Legislature can get things done. sometimes.

This forced more than 20 counties' schools to shut down due to a lack of employees to teach the children. "Ironically, conservative lawmakers who cut back these laws could inadvertently cause even more public-sector strikes".

But some teachers are saying the legislation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin last week was not enough.

"This isn't just about teacher salaries", David DuVall, executive director of OEA told CNN. But, that was not enough to placate educators.

Oklahoma teachers are demanding a $10,000 raise over the next three years and a $5,000 raise for school workers. The teachers hope the funding will be put toward replacing outdated textbooks, broken chairs and desks, reinstate foreign language and arts classes, and end four-day school weeks.

The average teacher starting salary for the 2016-2017 school year was $38,617, according to the National Education Association. "But it's like, at what point do I leave Oklahoma and just drive the 30 minutes into Kansas?"

"Our legislature started the process and they have a moral obligation to invest in our children and our children's future", Priest said. "This is been going on an very bad long time, and we're not really being heard". That obligation has not been met yet.

Since 2008, per-student funding has been cut by over 28 percent, the biggest decline of any state in the nation. Then, lawmakers sought to repeal a tax increase on hotels that is critical to the funding increases, according to The Oklahoman. While there is still work to be done, last week's tax package is the most effective, public-spirited legislating we have seen from the Oklahoma Legislature in years, and we're proud of the bipartisan leadership that made it happen.

NPS officials announced on Friday they still intend to close schools on Monday, although the following school sites will be open to provide breakfast and lunch to NPS students: Adams Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Madison Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Reagan Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Alcott Middle School, Irving Middle School, Longfellow Middle School, Whittier Middle School, Dimensions Academy South, Norman High School, and Norman North High School.

Teachers walk out in Oklahoma and Kentucky