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Kentucky School Districts Sending Teacher Delegations or Closing in Support of Rally

14 April 2018

State lawmakers failed to prevent the strike when they passed measures two weeks ago to raise teacher salaries by $6,100 a year and support staff salaries by $1,250, and education funding increases of $50 million.

Opinion surveys showed it had garnered wide support among Oklahoma voters, many of whom had seen firsthand how students at struggling schools had to share outdated and tattered textbooks and sometimes go to a four-day school week to help save districts money.

The Oklahoma walkout came on the heels of one last month in West Virginia, where Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill giving teachers a 5% pay raise after nine days.

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As the days went on, Anderson said the message from lawmakers was clear. Both Union and Broken Arrow say they will likely add minutes to the day, although that is not finalized yet. "I didn't know how to handle the situation", he said outside of court Thursday, according to NBC Connecticut. The decision to return to school was made despite Thursday's poll numbers, which showed 60.5 percent of teachers would "not report for duties if school is in session" today. "It is a short-term win, but my focus is how do we turn this into a long-term focus on education".

Lyscio said Kohan told him he is confident the school will get the grant, and that means the school could easily get it again in the future.

Investigators found Fish was sacked months earlier after school leaders learned he hosted a "fight club" in a math classroom. Teachers, parents, school board members, administrators, businesses, community partners and the faith community advocated strongly on behalf of children at the Capitol while making sure children were cared for while school was out. She's been considering a role in politics for two years but was propelled to make her bid official by the ongoing walkouts.

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Fourth-grade math and science teacher Carri Hicks brought her students to protests at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

He said teachers will voice concerns about several issues, including the governor's veto of a bill that would allow phasing in of increased costs for the County Employees Retirement System, or CERS, that includes bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers.

In Oklahoma, some rank-and-file educators expressed displeasure on social media that the union was calling off the walkout, and were discussing whether teachers could continue the work stoppage on their own. The legislature, however, has fallen well short of its responsibility to Oklahoma's students.

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Schools in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and many smaller cities are staying closed on Friday, as teachers call for more classroom funds. "Now the nation has proof of this", Moy said. I just wasn't aware of what to do. "The kids are the priority".

Kentucky School Districts Sending Teacher Delegations or Closing in Support of Rally