Some Extracurricular Activities Continue Despite Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

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The president of the Oklahoma Education Association said before the walkout can end, lawmakers must pass a bill ending the state's capital gains tax deduction, and the governor must veto the repeal of a hotel-motel tax bill.

Meanwhile, dozens of school districts have announced they will be closed on Monday, including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Deer Creek, and Blanchard.

Shortly before the April 2 walkout, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that provided $50 million in funding for schools, increased teachers' salaries and gave pay raises to support staff.

"Out here to spread the word that schools need funding", stated Guss.

Over 1,000 teachers, students and parents marched to the capitol Monday, according to teachers who marched.

My friends who teach in Oklahoma make around $10,000 less than teachers here- and yes, some of them have moved to Texas for this very reason. Almost the entire student body-about 640 in total-walked out of the Pike County Central High School to support their teachers.

A middle school teacher in Oklahoma was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student.

This weekend, hundreds of teachers gathered in solidarity on the steps of the Capitol encouraging fellow teachers to continue to rally.

"Some of our teachers, they told us that they're not looking forward to this", Buschman said.

Carver student Nakenna Harvin says, "they work as late as we do, as far as my homework. We just had two great meals at the First Christian church of Chandler and every town we walk through it has gotten better and better".

Trump's education secretary Betsy DeVos used remarkably similar terms to inveigh against striking Oklahoma teachers last week. "We are ready to fight for our kids for the long haul".

Education funding cuts have forced growing class sizes and limited basic supplies, according to the Oklahoma Education Association.

Before the recession, the state could have tax cuts while also funding public services like education.

Other states, including West Virginia and Kentucky, have seen teacher strikes or protests this year as the education community revolts against years of cuts and lower spending. Senators say they can make up that shortage through other revenue in the bill.

Shortly after they started their journey, Cody fretted about finding shelter for the teachers in Chandler, Oklahoma - where they were expected to arrive two days later.

"I have bled on half of these women", said Madeline Jacobsen, a third-grade teacher at Bell elementary.

Curtiss' children attend public schools, but she also considers the crisis from beyond a parental perspective.

I started teaching in 2007 with the hopes of teaching Physical Education.

"Last Thursday, I had tweeted out that I had walked to St Anthony's".

Catch episode 5 of How We Got Here by listening to the embedded audio file below or subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Google Play and Pocket Casts. "I know a teacher who was going to retire next year at 52, but if she does, she will have her daughter, son and her on her insurance, so she would only have $500 left a month to live on".

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