Oklahoma, Kentucky teachers strike for higher pay, education funding

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

The American Federation of Teachers has about 2,700 members out of 42,000 teachers. When the bill passed, she broke down crying.

They had organized on Facebook, marched on the State House and threatened to walk out of classrooms en masse. But Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says some people just above the poverty line would likely pay more.

Thompson says teachers need to know that lawmakers aren't going to renege on their pay raise and their promise to boost school funding over the next few years.

Is it any wonder that teachers like Mickey Miller have had enough? But for multibillionaire Harold Hamm, it was too much. "I am a retired Oklahoma educator, and I will not be watching Channel 9 News any longer". But then it went on to reduce its top income tax rate, as well as the gross production tax on oil and gas firms.

"Beyond Monday, April 2, a call on whether school will be in session will be made day-to-day based on the majority of responses from a survey that will be sent to our employees between 3-5 p.m. on the prior day", says Arrott. Governor Mary Fallin signed the $450 million measure, but teachers say it fell short of their demands.

Inspired by the West Virginia strike in which teachers demanded and got a pay raise from state leaders, a wave of other states including Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona are taking similar action.

"We're walking because our students deserve more", the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest union for educators with about 40,000 members, said over the weekend. Three weeks later there are 72,000.

After lawmakers this year again cut the education budget, a fed-up superintendent began polling his colleagues to see whether they would be interested in backing a strike. On a list of the 50 states and Washington, DC, Oklahoma ranks 49th. "Someone threw a rock through the back window of my car" after one of the meetings, Cagle told me. I'm not going to hide behind the corner office.

In case you've missed the coverage, U.S. And you work a lot of places, don't you? OTU meetings like the one I attended in Tulsa have a stream of people coming to ask: "What can I do to help?"

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"Norman Public Schools, United Way, Community After School Program, The Cleveland County Family YMCA, CCFI, and various other community partners are pooling their resources to provide childcare in the event of a district-wide school closure beginning April 2, 2018", according to the United Way.

Teachers are striking even though state legislators passed a pay raise of about $6,000 last week. Without certification, they make even less than colleagues, and Turner relies on a church food pantry to eat.

Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, voted for SB 151 but said he did not appreciate the legislation's hurried path toward passage Thursday. "I honestly never thought I would be on the receiving end".

In addition, thousands of Oklahoma teachers flocked to the state capital of Oklahoma City on Monday demanding pay raises.

State troopers have been told to ration gasoline, social programs are strapped and prisons are overcrowded to risky levels. They buy books and supplies anyway.

The GPT in South Dakota and Louisiana is more than 13%. Earlier, she praised bipartisan support of the package and said she hopes the teacher walkouts scheduled to start on Monday will instead become a one-day rally for education. The group declined an interview request from CNN.

"The funding issue is the biggest roadblock we have right now", he said.

"We came out here to support our teachers because they support us", Duncan student Kierney Holdthaus said.

"Because it shouldn't be a struggle to fund education".

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