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Things to Know About the Teacher Strike in Oklahoma


One teacher, in particular, expressed her disappointment in the system on CNN.

For now, dozens of school districts have canceled classes for today, and several have closed schools for Friday as well.

"We have found our mojo".

Teachers haven't said when the walkout will end.

'Stop the war on public education!'

Normally on a Monday at 3 p.m., I'd be driving home from school in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa.

Afterward, the teachers said that they found West forthright and honest, and didn't doubt her personal commitment to the issue, but felt uncertain that progress would ever be made if the educators didn't camp on legislators' doorsteps.

The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia, where teachers walked out for nine days earlier this year and won a 5 percent increase in pay. "Many states have made a decision to try to save money by fear of (wasteful) government spending, but the pendulum has swung too far", says Cagle, who repairs fences to supplement his teacher's salary.

Though she is spending her week at the state Capitol, the teacher stopped by Puterbaugh on Wednesday morning to check on the incoming supplies. As well, teachers held signs with messages such as "Our students deserve better" and "Public Edu is an investment in our future".

Thousands of Oklahoma teachers, students and their supporters continued protests a fourth straight day Thursday in a teacher rebellion that has ignited other Republican-led states including West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona. But the state, he said, used the money to increase staffing of non-teachers and allowed the salaries of teachers to languish. A backlash against the tax cuts led to the defeat of about two dozen conservative state lawmakers, and the Legislature past year reversed numerous cuts. Fallin signed teacher pay raise legislation, providing an average $6,100 pay increase, into law last week.

Throughout the day, educators chanted "Fund Our Schools" and crowded inside and outside legislators' offices. "Teachers tell me that they want to see action on our part". If she can land a similar teaching job in the Dallas area, she could earn about $20,000 a year more.

Many teachers claim they are not paid enough, and that has driven them to find a second job.

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"If your teachers are willing to walk 110 miles for their students, what is the Oklahoma legislature willing to do for the students of Oklahoma?"

"We've been in this battle with the pension crisis, and we understand there's a shortfall, but as educators we feel like that shortfall comes through no fault of our own", Nicely said.

"I heard a lot of fear".

Oklahoma ranked 48th in average USA classroom teacher salary in 2016, according to the National Education Association.

The Oklahoma Legislature was in session Wednesday, but it did not appear that lawmakers were considering measures regarding school funding.

Manuel says Senator Greg McCortney tells her the Ball and Dice bill would provide $16 million for education funding.

"They'll be here until the students get what they need to succeed", Priest said.

Lora says she recently marched with students in the March for Our Lives rally, and that protest and this week's teacher walkout in Oklahoma make her believe that students are increasingly learning how to use their voice in politics. Budget negotiators unveiled a spending plan Monday that includes increased spending for the main funding formula for K-12 schools and restored money for school buses that the governor had proposed eliminating.

In Kentucky, educators were angry because of a bill that passed last week that mandates a hybrid pension plan.

According to Diana Avila, a 15-year-old freshman at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma, outside of Tulsa, and the current feeling among many of her peers is that it's time to start becoming politically aware, if not active.

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