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Oklahoma Teachers May Soon Strike

Oklahoma Teachers May Soon Strike

After West Virginia teachers achieved an impressive win by going on strike and forcing the governor to raise their pay by 5 percent, Oklahoma teachers are gearing up for their own fight.

Now, the next battleground in the teacher pay debate looks to be the state of Oklahoma.

Sherrod Brown said he is "proud" of the teachers in West Virginia who staged a nine-day, statewide strike for better wages, comparing their activism to that of the students in Parkland, Florida, now pushing Congress to adopt gun control legislation. Teachers in Pittsburgh reached a tentative agreement after threatening a strike, and hundreds of educators held demonstrations this week in Jersey City, New Jersey.

However, West Virginia only has 57 school districts.

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"To be able to do that there?"

Oklahoma's teachers haven't received a raise in ten years, according to Education Week.

With West Virginia teachers' recent success - even in the face of an anti-strike law - teachers across the nation are feeling emboldened. Teachers' union representatives say they anticipate school will back in session Wednesday.

"I do think this strike can be the start of something big nationally", said Melinda Monks, a special education teacher at Bridgeview Elementary in South Charleston, West Virginia.


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