Thousands rally in Frankfort protest pension reform bil

03 April, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Your guide to the Oklahoma teacher walkout

"This isn't just about teacher salaries", noted David DuVall, executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association.

Teachers in several states across the country, inspired by a successful strike in February in West Virginia, are also protesting for better salaries and funding for their schools.

Oklahoma teachers rally outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., April 2, 2018.

'Public education FUNDing is important: how our students that you care about their future, ' Tiffany Hile, a first grade teacher from Oklahoma, tweeted last week.

In Oklahoma, a state ranked fiftieth in teacher pay, more than 40,000 educators plan to advocate for smaller class sizes, less teacher turnover, and higher wages.

Republicans ultimately introduced a bill that did not include many of Bevin's preferred cuts or new funding for charter schools, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, though many protesters and legislative Democrats still criticized it for cutting taxes on the rich and falling short of previous K-12 education funding levels.

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The cuts in Oklahoma also had dire consequences for schools.

About 50 people, a mix of teachers, parents and students, protested at Burlington Pike and Mall Road in Florence.

Plans for Monday classes at Enid Public Schools reflected that back-and-forth deliberation last week. "Today was Day 1 of however long it will take to solve the education funding crisis with a long-term solution", wrote Oklahoma teacher Alberto Morejon, who founded the Facebook group that helped jump-start his state's movement.

"It's these kinds of political stunts and years of irresponsible budgeting that got us in this mess to begin with", Priest said.In addition to reinstating the hotel tax, Priest said, two other revenue streams could be achieved by instituting a "ball and dice" tax on gambling and passing the capital gains tax break.

Monday's walkout and rally, which drew an estimated 30,000 people to the Capitol, is expected to continue Tuesday and possibly beyond. Teachers demanded a $10,000 raise for themselves and a $5,000 raise for other school workers and an additional $200 million in education funding. "There's no supplies. Our schools don't have the funding". About a dozen teachers gathered at the home of Jami Cole, a third-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary, and curled up on a plush sectional sofa and on the carpet, huddling over posters and expertly tracing letters with glitter glue. Then, lawmakers sought to repeal a tax increase on hotels that is critical to the funding increases, according to The Oklahoman. Teachers say their classrooms are in need of new technology and new furniture. But he just said, "Miss Ross, you really work!" I could make about 20 grand more by moving to Texas or Arkansas, and many teachers are doing just that. Most schools were closed for spring break, with teachers and supporters using their time off to protest-while 21 counties's schools closed for the strike.

CITY (AP) - Along with thousands of Oklahoma teachers, approximately 75-100 Ponca City teachers and community members descended on the Capitol via carpool and by a bus provided to the school by local patrons.

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Teachers were incensed by passage of a bill last week that mandates a hybrid pension plan with individual accounts for new hires.

Priest recently told CNN that a $6,100 teacher pay rise passed by state legislators last week was "a good starting point", but they would only go back to the classroom "when our members tell us to".

"I have to work multiple jobs, but those kids, they don't have a choice, " said Oklahoma teacher Hannah Fernandez.

For months, Oklahoma teachers have been fighting to get the bare minimum. "I have a lot of things, especially in science, that I would love to do with students that I can't afford to fund on my own".

The protest caused almost two dozen districts to close.

She looked down at her creation and tapped the board: "I feel like I have to have a voice for these guys".

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