Teachers, supporters journey back to Capitol for day four of teacher walkout

Oklahoma teachers move to North Texas

"I think the Republican strategy is to wait the teachers out", Walke said. Ducey has noted that the state already gave teachers a 4.3 percent raise from 2016 to 2017.

The bill, which is awaiting the governor's signature, would create a hybrid pension plan for new hires and limit the number of accrued sick days veteran teachers can put toward retirement.

Last week, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation awarding Oklahoma's teachers 15 to 18 percent salary increases.

Critics of teacher strikes and walkouts tend to paint them as failing kids.

With lots of attention on the $20.5 million internet sales tax measure that passed the House on Wednesday and a "ball-and-dice" gambling bill, all eyes will be on the Legislature on Thursday and Friday, as a statewide teacher walkout for education funding continues.

On top of low wages, Oklahoma teachers grapple with poor classroom conditions, crumbling textbooks, and limited seating.

"The National Education Association says Oklahoma ranks 47th among states and the District of Columbia in public school revenue per student".

After state Rep. Kevin McDugle (R) vowed to strike down any education funding measure because he didn't like how the teachers were acting, veteran educator Cyndi Ralston announced she was running against him. One of the factors that unchained this event can be traced to the ones that took place in West Virginia a month ago, where teachers received a pay raise after a strike that kept schools closed for nearly two weeks.




Instead, educators and their supporters marched on the Capitol.

Thousands of teachers have swarmed the state capitol in Oklahoma City this week to demand more funding for education resources and higher pay for support staff. House officials initially called on state troopers to clear the gallery of protesting teachers but later backed off. Education advocates filled the Capitol to capacity, and troopers limited access to the building.

"It just got to the point where it was really defeating", said Price, 34, who last year moved to the Dallas suburb of Grapevine with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to start a job as a second-grade teacher. Student speakers described tattered textbooks, malfunctioning computers and broken classroom furnishings and urged lawmakers to increase spending on their education.

"They're depriving their students of education while they're there", says Connie Millar.

Those leaving are often teachers who have several years of experience and generally hold a master's degree or higher, according to a survey from Theresa Cullen, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Oklahoma. In a tremendous display of unity, not only teachers and school support staff, but parents, bus drivers, firefighters, emergency responders, and others attended, many with their children and grandchildren in tow.

"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?" The trick is that even while most of the state's school districts remain closed, there is one thing that's continuing in most places: the sports games those very schools are supposed to be playing.

The bill signings come amid a teacher walkout in the state, with teachers, supporters - including public employees - calling for better funding of education and core state services.

In Oklahoma, most Republicans broke with party orthodoxy and endorsed hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases to fund public schools. Last week, teachers in Arizona rallied to demand more funding too. "And when the students of Oklahoma go to vote in a couple of short years, we're going to remember yours", Olbert warned lawmakers.

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