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

03 April 2018, 02:49 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Fed up with school spending cuts, Oklahoma teachers prepare to walk out

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

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma will attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation's educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources.

Thousands of teachers in Kentucky are expected to turn out at a demonstration today at the state Capitol in Frankfort, following Friday's sickout.

Alberto Morejon, a 25-year-old middle school social studies teacher who started a Facebook group to organize the walkout, said the movement in the state legislature is evidence that the walkout is working.

Fallin signed legislation last week increasing taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production to provide teachers with raises of about $6,100, or 15 to 18 percent.

Doug Folks, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Education Association, told ABC News that about 200 schools in the state will close Monday due to the teacher walkout. However, if the walkout continues into next week, they will ask for more volunteers. Many schools there are on spring break, allowing teachers to travel to Frankfort. But it switches new hires to a "hybrid" 401 (k)-style plan and ends some contractual protections that now prohibit lawmakers from altering pension benefits for public workers, teachers included.

"We've been cut over 28% in the last 10 years in education funding, and our schools just can't maintain all of the supplies, instructional materials, textbooks, even copy paper".

A teachers' band played "We're Not Gonna Take It" as educators carrying signs reading "How can you put students first if you put teachers last?" surrounded the statehouse in a picket line.

Edmond Memorial High School English teacher Regan Killacky hosts his classes on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn as a symbolic means of showing students the importance of funding kids' education.

Although Norman public schools have only canceled school on Monday, CASP and other Norman communities have arranged childcare and meal options for the entire week, said Leslie Christopher, the marketing coordinator for the Cleveland County YMCA. Teachers in Arizona are now considering a strike over their demands for a 20 percent salary increase.

"If this budget is not in the best interest of public education students and public service, then we will react", Winkler said.

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Kentucky teachers have also taken action against their state government for the lack of funding in education.

Most teachers were remarkably positive about their schools: 88 per cent said their schools "set high expectations for students", 76 per cent said "every student has challenging (stretch) learning goals", and 91 per cent said "we effectively include students in our classes whatever their needs, strengths and identities".

Teachers filled the halls of the capitol with shouts of "Vote them out!" and "Enough is enough!"

School staff are being left demoralised after doing "unnecessary" work, leading to a "crisis" in teacher recruitment, the the National Education Union (NEU) has said.

"I think the teachers are fully prepared to go all the way through the school year".

Oklahoma is among the bottom three states in teachers' salaries, and until Thursday, had not received a state raise in a decade.

The teachers are asking for a $10,000 pay raise over three years, and an additional classroom funding of $75 million. Under the bill, new teachers would have to a less generous pension plan and would have to work longer before being eligible for retirement benefits.

Bevin said he is concerned the tax proposal and an accompanying two-year operating budget do not meet basic standards of fiscal responsibility.

Nemes said he believes Republican lawmakers have enough time to educate the public on what's included in the budget and pension reform bills ahead of the November elections.

"We have no choice but to be here", Jeffrey Peeno, a Kenton County art teacher, said. And it's very bad, because our kids deserve better.

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