Teachers Return To Capitol After OEA Ends Walkout


Teachers Return To Capitol After OEA Ends Walkout

Nine days after it began, the teacher walkout in Oklahoma is finally over.

Misty, the Oklahoma teacher, said, "I talked to [OEA President] Alicia Priest on Wednesday after the OEA said we had won 95 percent of our demands".

Joleen Royer, gifted and talented resource coordinator and a teacher at Sangre Ridge, said they are reminding lawmakers who have been uncooperative that it will be remembered on election day. Most teachers and school staff arrived on school buses, disembarking while the Crosby Stills, Nash and Young song "Teach Your Children" played from some loud speakers.

Following the announcement that the walkout would end, Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin had a message for teachers. Even before districts closed and teachers headed to the Capitol to advocate April 2, lawmakers raised more than $447 million in taxes in order to fund permanent, average $6,100 raises for all classroom teachers.

Thousands of teachers are rallying outside the Kentucky Capitol to call for more state funding for education. None of the gaming revenue is available to appropriate for the upcoming school year. The state didn't find itself in this school funding crisis overnight.

Hall says the 16-inch bats will be kept locked up in classrooms and are largely "symbolic". "We need parents and students to pair up with a teacher so they can go into these offices with legislators".

"This is the great thing of what's happening here, is it isn't just about OEA", said Christine Hrubik. The teacher claims that his students were just being "rambunctious" and that he had nothing to do with starting the melee.

"We're no different than we were the day we walked out, honestly, right now", Hernando said.

"We as a district need to work with our teachers to keep the advocacy conversation going with our representatives and senators", Towne said. In one, the teacher stands between two boys, separating them with outstretched arms. "Some of them haven't shown up at all or they hide".

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"The truth is I'm an idiot and wanted to befriend them", Fish, who was 22 at the time, was quoted as saying in the warrant. They say they're not leaving.

Schools were running out of snow days to use for the walkout, meaning that they'd have to make up some of the days schools were closed, according to the Huffington Post.

Doing so would bring in an estimated $147 million annually and, if those demands were met, OEA said they would call off the walkout.

StateImpact Oklahoma's Emily Wendler reports on the Oklahoma Education Association's announcement. He was referencing the holiday made famous by an episode of television sitcom "Seinfeld". She said the walkout is driven by teachers, not OEA. One was a measure to allow ball and dice games in casinos, another would repeal some capital gains exemptions.

Some teachers plan to return to the capitol Monday.

"Because of the members of the Oklahoma Education Association and the overwhelming support of the public, we were able to secure $479 million in education funding for next school year".

The measure is funded by a tax package that includes increases to the gross production tax charged to oil and gas drillers, the state's gasoline and the diesel taxes and cigarettes.

At one point, video shows kids near the door and Fish telling them, "Away from the door". If they are not, he said schools should send delegates.

In a statement, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small said he's "glad" educators received a pay increase. "We have rallied partners, coordinated donations and almost 20,000 meal deliveries, and even laid out the welcome mat to teachers from across the state".

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