Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky stage protests

Oklahoma teachers to walk off job over pay, shut schools statewide

They show up and teach our kids every day anyway. She prayed for their futures.

The teachers, a lot of them on their first day of spring break, were joined in a show of solidarity by members of other public employee unions, including those representing firefighters, police, plumber and pipe fitter.

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that it is seeking a $10,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers over three years, a $5,000 pay raise for support professionals over three years, a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees, and the restoration of funding for education and core government services.

"I advise each of you to stay connected to your devices throughout the weekend", says Arrott. Oklahoma teachers haven't had a raise in a decade of Republican control and they won raises of 15 percent to 18 percent.

Thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked out of classrooms Monday to pressure lawmakers for higher wages and better resources.

The renewal of the tax gave Arizona educators a one percent raise, but Heath and other teachers across the state say it isn't enough. They emboldened educators across the country.

In Kentucky, so many teachers staged a sickout on Friday that 29 school districts were forced to cancel classes because they couldn't find enough substitute teachers.

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Hundreds of Oklahoma schools also closed as educators headed to Oklahoma City to protest, according to The Oklahoman.

The protests on Monday are not anticipated to impact the Kentucky schools as much because most students are on spring break for the week.

Oklahoma is one of 12 states that slashed education spending following the 2008 recession and failed to restore those funds as the economy improved, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning Washington DC research and policy institute.

The Oklahoma Education Association demanded $10,000 in raises for teachers over the next three years, KOKH-TV reported.

Edmond High School's administration confirmed to Newsweek that Killackey and about 100 students made the brief trip from the Oklahoma City suburb to the downtown Oklahoma Capitol building for classes Monday morning. About a dozen teachers gathered at the home of Jami Cole, a third-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary, and curled up on a plush sectional sofa and on the carpet, huddling over posters and expertly tracing letters with glitter glue.

Norman High School teacher Sean Thompson says it's this kind of political maneuvering that's driving him to rally at the Capitol today. Repeal of the hotel tax reduces the total package by about $45 million.

She watched the drama unfold on television, broadcast live from the statehouse by a local news station. "It's not just something to do, a way to get attention", he said.

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"They've passed these bills, but they've already removed the funding for them". "We were dejected and disheartened ... now I'm just angry".

Teachers in Arizona don't have a specific legislative deadline, or a date for a walkout. However, if the walkout continues into next week, they will ask for more volunteers.

Priest said the $50 million increase approved by the state last week "will buy less than one textbook per student in Oklahoma". "They have been after us since July 2017, and it has been very stressful for staff, students and parents. We can not continue to let the legislature short change our kids", one teacher wrote.

The Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Jacob McCleland talked with Joseph Franco, a kindergarten teacher and middle school baseball coach at Santa Fe South in Oklahoma City.

'We've all heard stories from students, parents, and teachers affected by eleven years of cuts to our classrooms, ' Pries said.

"It's just really an ugly time". However, I think the majority of Oklahoma voters were at a point where they believed something had to be done.

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