Wyandotte Teachers Ready for Another Week In Oklahoma City

Lucy Bush
Апреля 11, 2018

The state's largest teachers union has called for the walkout to continue until the Legislature comes up with more money for schools.

The demonstrations, which will mostly happen before the start of the school day, are meant to build more support from parents and school administrators.

Meanwhile, dozens of school districts have announced they will be closed on Monday, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Deer Creek, and Blanchard.

It's day seven of the Oklahoma teacher walkout, and the message is not wavering.

Oklahoma is one of eight states that has some sort of preferred tax treatment of capital gains, among them Oklahoma neighbor Arkansas, according to Scott Drenkard of the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank that promotes simple and transparent tax policies.

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"I think it will continue. until they see the fully funded education bills that need to be passed", said Kingsgate Elementary Principal Karie Hill, one of many administrators who joined teachers at the Capitol.

But behind the scenes, superintendents are discussing the logistics of a work stoppage. "They were not looking forward to the walkout, but it's important". The group has grown to about 40,000 members since it was organized following a strike in West Virginia in early March. Before that, Oklahoma teachers had not received a raise in a decade.

Fallin signed the bill Tuesday as well as two other measures to generate new revenue to help pay for teacher pay raises and public classroom needs. That ignited protests in other Republican-led states, including Kentucky and Arizona.

Some of Oklahoma's largest school districts have already canceled classes on Monday in anticipation of continued protests. "Fighting the fight to get more funding", said Kristy Cooper, a Mid-Del teacher. "We need to stay focused on what's right for kids", the billionaire heiress and unabashed enemy of public education told the Dallas Morning News. Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems. They are requesting a $10,000 pay raise over three years. The Education Department recently approved Texas's plan to use Title I funding for low-income children to create charter schools, instead of using the money only to improve existing schools.

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