Millcreek School District Arms Teachers with Baseball Bats

Jeannie Matthews
April 15, 2018

Here's a timeline of some of the key events that took place leading up to and during the event. In Kentucky, teachers are preparing to rally Friday at the state Capitol in Frankfort, and in Arizona, educators are weighing a walkout of their own.

According to Carly Wright, director of public policy and advocacy for SHAPE America, and the Society of Health and Physical Educators nine states now require daily recess in elementary schools.

You may not have been aware that our children's recess time has been dwindling over the last few years, in a quest for our schools to achieve higher test scores. Teachers applauded the passage of millions of dollars in new education funding, but they are also returning to their classrooms without the full raises or classroom funding they demanded.

As we're all sadly aware, most school shooters opt for deadly efficient weapons like the AR-15, which was used in the Parkland shooting and meant the deaths of 17 people in a matter of minutes.

"My hope is that this walkout results in citizens becoming more engaged with their representatives at all levels so that the state of Oklahoma will become citizen-led, just as this walkout was teacher-led, and improvements can be made across the board".

The Polk County Sheriff's Office has arrested a substitute teacher at Westwood Middle School after he reportedly grabbed a 12-year-old boy around the neck and pushed him against a wall.

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Blanchard teacher Karen Boyd agreed, "It is over by OEA standards". The main sticking point in negotiations for about a year now. Paul Georges, union president, said the response from teachers and paraprofessionals has been very positive. Outside and inside the capitol, teachers held impromptu meetings to discuss how to sustain their walkout next week.

The average $6,100 salary increase would bring teacher compensation from last to second in the region.

"They were spread into our teaching team because a symbolic reminder of this district change in its existing response from shelter set up (hide) to now include the options of conducting and/or fighting back", he explained.

Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, the co-founder of the anti-tax group, was also at the Capitol on Friday.

So even if that is cut 7 percent, we would still have more than enough new money to fund the raises! Conservative Republican governor Matt Bevin championed and signed the bill significantly eroding pension rights for new teacher hires.

That, however, is not the end of Ellis' formal education, something he said he plans to continue to pursue even as he serves as Assistant Principal.

The incident occurred on April 12 at Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven. I spoke with Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State Schools Boards Association and former chief financial officer at the State Department of Education, and Matt Holder who is the current chief financial officer at the State Department of Education. "What would be the magic number to end this walkout?"

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