Whatever happens, a teacher walkout is a bad idea

Sheri Evans
April 14, 2018

Oklahoma teachers ended their statewide strike Thursday after nine days, claiming victory in getting a raise and more funding for public schools but acknowledging that additional concessions from lawmakers are unlikely. She said 77 percent of the union's members doubted any more funding would come if the strike continued. He denied facilitating the fights and said he thought the students were just being "rambunctious".

The number of teachers vowing to run for office was one sign of the walkout's success, said Kelly Craig, a fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma City.

In announcing an end to the walkout, the Oklahoma Education Association said it was now focused on the November elections.

The "ball and dice" bill, which allows for Vegas-style gaming like craps and roulette, is projected to generate about $24 million, but Treat said that will go into the 1017 fund for the Senate to appropriate next session for Fiscal Year 2020. Last week, lawmakers approved an additional $50 million in funding. The $450 million tax package increased taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production and aimed to give teachers a roughly $6,100 raise, as well as raises for school support staff and state employees.

Before the OEA announcement, the Norman and Putnam City public school districts had announced school would resume on Monday (April 16).

Because education is the one investment that cannot be taken away, one could argue that investing a little more makes sense.

Whatever happens, a walkout would be a tremendously bad idea, one that undercuts new-found financial support from the taxpayers of the unified school district and undoes the positive feelings teachers now enjoy.

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"We had solidarity. And then we would go in the capitol". If your district is closed, we need everyone at the Capitol!

The majority of the schools in Southern Oklahoma like Ardmore and Healdton stayed open this week and sent delegates to continue rallying at the capitol.

"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".

According to News Channel 4 reporter Lance West, many teachers are angry with the union for calling for an end to the walkout.

Teachers: I know you probably don't feel great right now because of the walkout ending, but I want to tell you a few things. Some state officials were also concerned about meeting deadlines for standardized tests. They asked for increased teacher pay and more resources.

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