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Oklahoma teachers' walkout gains momentum in its 2nd week

Oklahoma teachers' walkout gains momentum in its 2nd week

But the state's two largest school districts, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, announced plans to close for a sixth day on Monday.

The discussion looks back to past events that featured a similar Oklahoma State Capitol environment, such as the 1990 educator walkout and a 1978 sit-in.

Some of Oklahoma's largest school districts have already canceled classes on Monday in anticipation of continued protests.

Teachers are demanding a pay raise and for lawmakers to secure new funding for education while not shifting money from other programs to do so.

Oklahoma is the second state where teachers have gone on strike this year.

The push from teachers for a walkout seemed to grow following the March 21 teacher sickout that closed nine West Valley schools, and again after Oklahoma teachers walked out on April 2. We have to stand strong. But he says the teachers he's heard from don't want to strike and blames "the people who are playing politics" for talking about a strike.

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The Arizona Republic reports that educators at more than 1,000 Arizona public schools are expected to participate Wednesday in non-disruptive "walk-in" demonstrations as part of the #RedForEd movement.

She said Fallin must veto the Legislature's repeal of the hotel-motel tax, and the Legislature must pass a bill ending the state's capital gains tax deduction. Brandy Whitmire, NSU graduate and first-year teacher, stood alongside fellow colleagues at the Capitol last week and expressed her frustrations with a sign that read, "Teaching made your job possible". Almost the entire student body-about 640 in total-walked out of the Pike County Central High School to support their teachers.

They are also determining how many days they'd be willing to support a teacher walkout.

"We are here today to rally support, not just for our teachers in the area, but for teachers across the state who have walked out of the classroom", Cole said. "When they cut retirement and hide it in a sewerage bill like in Kentucky, that's what there needs to be-a nationwide strike". "It's not good for the kids, it's not good for the teachers, and it's not good for the state". "So, we're going to continue doing what's best".

Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos used remarkably similar terms to inveigh against striking Oklahoma teachers last week.

"Mrs. Christianson, she tells us all year, 'Fight for your rights". "I have always loved children and wanted to have an impact on them, but I let peer pressure from others change my mind about teaching in Oklahoma".


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