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Oklahoma schools to close for 4th day in walkout

Oklahoma schools to close for 4th day in walkout

"We're willing to this for our kids and we want them to step up to the plate, too".

The Kentucky teachers are mad because Republican lawmakers passed a pension overhaul last week that cuts benefits for new teachers. The statistics are alarming: education funding per student in the state has been cut by twenty-eight per cent in the past ten years, the largest cuts of any state in the country, and twenty per cent of the state's schools are in session only four days a week, because of the lack of funds.

Teachers from Ada and Byng rented a school bus to attend Monday's rally at the capitol.

This maneuver is similar to the backroom deals implemented in both West Virginia and Oklahoma which fund small salary increases via regressive taxation policies or cuts to other vital social programs.

Ada English teachers Katy Peercy and Leslie Landrum went back to the state capitol Tuesday for the second day of the statewide teacher walkout. "So I think the teachers could look at this example in these other states to realize that they have a unique sort of leverage". "I'd rather serve one term and know I did what was best for my district".

Broken Arrow Public Schools on Wednesday announced it would be closed the rest of the week as the walkout continues. Was Fallin, a Republican governor, implying Democrats were behind the teacher protests?

Scholl said she was skeptical about lawmakers' motives in passing the pay raise plan, because she thought they wanted people to doubt teachers' motives for walking off the job. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has said he is sticking to a 1 percent increase. "I saw a lot of support for public education".

"Teachers have got to vote", Schooler said. "Let's stop putting villains in office, please".

James H. Miller, a journalism teacher in Louisville, tweeted in the course of the demonstration, "It's really wonderful to see the @KyDems party talking about supporting teachers when they went along with the pension defunding for years".

For him, that includes paying the full actuarial payment for the teacher retirement system for 2019-20, funding employee health insurance at the equivalent level payments are now, and for the state to fully fund Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, referred to as SEEK.

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Public education unions are traditionally a bastion of the Democratic party. He was referencing an interview Gov. Mary Fallin gave CBS on Tuesday in which she likened teachers asking for raises to teenagers asking for new cars.

It's still not clear if the passage of those measures, or another to require certain online vendors to pay sales tax, will be enough to placate teachers and get them to return to the classroom.

"We are a very diverse group", says hijab-clad Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries' executive director, Aliye Shimi. "The national spotlight is on Oklahoma".

"Significant revenue-raising measures were approved to make this pay raise and additional school funding possible", the Republican said in a statement. But they are still deep in the minority in the Legislature.

Teachers in some districts on Wednesday morning held so-called "walk-ins" while heading into school. An attempted recall of Walker in 2012 led to an even wider margin of victory than he enjoyed in the regular election in 2010.

"This legislation will provide an average teacher pay raise of $6,000 to our teachers".

Teachers and other school staff filled the Capitol on the second day of organized strikes, vowing not to leave until the Republican-controlled legislature passes more funding for school resources, ABC News reported Tuesday. "Unless there's somebody running who is pro-education, that does us no good".

For those who don't understand why schools need more funding, the mother of an Oklahoma eighth-grader shared a photo of her daughter's dilapidated history book, which says George W. Bush is the current president.

"It worries me", says Scott Harrison, a geometry teacher at Southeast high school, sitting behind me.


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