Red-state teacher rebellion hits Oklahoma, grows in Arizona

Oklahoma students walkout in support of teachers

Dr. Dennis said she doesn't think the potential walkout will have an impact on graduation and they're going to make sure the students get to complete their degrees in a timely manner. Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Lexington, is one of those lawmakers.

The tax package will increase the tax on oil and gas production, cigarettes, hotel and motels, and fuel, something truck driver Doug McKouen said he's a little anxious about.

It includes a $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes, a 3-cent increase on gasoline, 6-cent hike on diesel and a hike on the oil and gas production tax from 2 percent to 5 percent.

But it will also mean higher taxes.

The OEA had told legislators that teachers were seeking a $10,000 pay raise over three years, a $5,000 raise for other support professionals over the same period of time, an adjustment to retirees' pensions, and full restoration of funding to what they call essential, or core education services. Senate officials said those votes would happen Thursday.

He was referring to a vote in the state house to repeal a portion of the revenue package that would have added a $5 lodging fee per room to hotels and motels to generate about $44 million for 2019.

Late this afternoon.Governor Mary Fallin signed it into law. Monetary donations are also appreciated, she said. I'm proud of our state.

Cameron school staff also posted a notice to Facebook, stating that although teachers are encouraged by the work legislators have done, "We feel that the current plan does not place enough emphasis on one of the most important issues, which is the funding of our students".

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Credit: Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time is Now! "We gave a 15+ and 18+ to our teachers in Oklahoma".

Advocates say low teacher compensation pushes educators out of Oklahoma classrooms and the profession.

Oklahoma ranks 47th in the nation in public school revenue per student, almost $3,000 below the national average, while its average teacher salary of $45,276 ranks 49th, according to the most recent statistics from the National Education Association (NEA). The regional average was $48,450.

Oklahoma teachers were inspired by the successful strike in West Virginia, where educators similarly exerted pressure on recalcitrant GOP lawmakers to win a major victory.

"Some are looking at using Monday as a celebration day to come to the Capitol and thank the governor and the Legislature for passing such a historic measure", he said. Last week, Cache Independent School District Superintendent Chad Hance sent a letter to prepare parents for the walkout.

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said Wednesday the House's passage of the tax hike aimed at providing raises for teachers and more funding for schools was "the worst of government".

Tens of thousands of teachers and supporters are expected to descend on the state capitol on Monday for the teacher walkout. "Lawmakers have left funding on the table that could be used immediately to help Oklahoma students", she wrote. On average, they'll get about $6,000, but many of them are still walking out of their classrooms on Monday.

While schools will be closed for an unknown number of days, children won't need to go hungry.

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