Out Of State Support For Teachers At Oklahoma City Rally

Apr 06, 2018, 10:08
Out Of State Support For Teachers At Oklahoma City Rally

We were there...to encourage lawmakers to fully fund our pensions and fund education. Those measures are expected to generate additional dollars that can be directed toward education.

Mary Fallin (R) said the teachers striking for improved pay and benefits are asking for too much, like "a teenager wanting a better auto". "This is about funding our schools for our students". A total increase of $480.2 million for education funding for fiscal year 2019.

After the tax increase, public opinion shifted, and some who had been on the teachers' side began to wonder out loud what more the teachers wanted, but, on Monday, the walkout went ahead as planned. "There will be substantive legislation", Treat said. "We passed a budget".

Treat said he does not anticipate any additional modifications to the education budget.

Oklahoma's first major tax hike in a quarter century was approved by legislators last week, and signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin - a $450mn revenue package meant to help fund teacher raises and avert a strike.

Meanwhile, some teachers are even schooling political elites: A major progressive surge in last September's special election launched Oklahoma educator Jacob Rosecrants from the classroom to the State House in a key swing seat.

The Republican majority's leadership says Senate Bill 1086 won't be heard because the GOP caucus agreed to raise the gross production tax on horizontal oil and gas wells instead, but Democrats continues to press the issue.

Following the House passage of the internet sales tax bill Wednesday, state Rep. Scott Inman (D) urged his colleagues to do more.

The Oklahoma House passed the measure, HB 1019xx, Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters have donated more than $44,000 worth of school supplies to Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester, Oklahoma, CNN reported, after art teacher Laurissa Kovacs posted a photo of a broken chair on Facebook last week to show why she was walking out. She was not offended. I understand he's busy.

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"We're going to pack the Capitol", union President Alicia Priest said.

"As this becomes prolonged, then I do think we have to balance what is the right balance for advocacy and meeting the needs of our kids to make sure their learning is not disrupted", Hofmeister said.

Twenty-nine-year-old Klarissa Brock says that when she returned from vacation this year, her classroom was flooded due to burst pipes that had frozen during Oklahoma's brutal winter. Identifying as a Republican, Sanders threatened to vote out incumbent Republican state legislators in this year's midterm elections if they were not responsive to teachers' demands. "Our services are being cut to the core", she said.

About 100 teachers from Tulsa also continued a 110-mile walk to the capitol on Thursday after beginning the trek the day before. But the overall number of protestors didn't appear any smaller than on previous days of the walkout, as many protestors demonstrated outdoors. It's estimated 20,000 people descended on the capitol, working together to accomplish funding goals.

"I'm not the one who started the walkout so I'm not the person to ask", he said.

She's now one of thousands of determined educators, supported by students and parents, demonstrating in front of the legislature in Oklahoma's capital demanding change.

They demanded lawmakers pass a tax package that would raise another $200 million for the state school budget to provide up-to-date books and other classroom materials.

"They'll be here until the students get what they need to succeed", Priest said.

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.

He ended the brief video by addressing the teachers directly.

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