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Oklahoma Teachers Frustrated After Union Ends Walkout

14 April 2018

The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and their state affiliates are doing everything they can to prevent joint action by educators across the country against the bipartisan assault on public education, which has been aided and abetted by the unions.

"I know most of the time, they d not have an opponent" says Terri Graves, a teacher from Quapaw Middle School.

The outcome of the struggle in Oklahoma was being watched carefully in Kentucky, where some school districts will be closed on Friday as teachers demonstrate in favor of education funding, as well as in Arizona, where a teacher movement calling itself #RedforEd is demanding raises and more money for schools. Priest lauded the passage of two bills last Friday that raised $40 million in additional revenue for schools.

After nine days of rallying at the state capitol, union leaders say the Oklahoma teacher walkout is over.

The teacher walkout began April 2, the Monday after Fallin signed the first statewide tax increase in almost 30 years.

Priest said that lawmakers refused to "cross the finish line". Her own personal experience at the same school she teaches at has helped her to become closer with students.

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The union bargains with the district on behalf of about 2,600 teachers and other certified workers.

The decision to end the Oklahoma walkout was met with mixed reaction from teachers, some of whom said OEA ended the walkout prematurely.

Millcreek Township School District Superintendent William Hall holds one of the bats that teachers received.

However, other students had no way to get to Great Plains; those students who missed class due to lack of transportation will not be penalized, and such absences will be treated as activity absences, Boyer said.

"We as a district need to work with our teachers to keep the advocacy conversation going with our representatives and senators", Towne said.

"OKCPS Board of Education and administration have worked tirelessly to support our teachers since we brought the idea of a board resolution to OKC-AFT in March, a statement read".

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He also told police, "I just try to be the teacher that the kids could come to and actually express themselves and actually work through their issues kind of have a social thing", the police report said.

Although lawmakers agreed to expand gambling in the state and tax more online sales, Republicans did not take up a vote on repealing a capital gains tax break, as the union had demanded.

"Our education system in Oklahoma has taken a backseat, and it's not fair to the students", she said.

Teachers said they plan to organize this weekend to determine exactly what their demands are.

Watson said the party respects and embraces people's right to demonstrate but said vandalism does nothing but diminish the cause they are fighting for. He said that he thought they were being "rambunctious".

Oklahoma teachers, who were seeking a $10,000 annual wage hike over three years, will see an average annual pay raise of about $6,100 from the increased funding, lawmakers said.

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Oklahoma Teachers Frustrated After Union Ends Walkout