Oklahoma City schools release teacher walkout plan after pay raise measure passes

The Oklahoma State Senate

Many GOP-led states are feeling the pushback after years of tax cuts that have slashed funding for core government services such as public schools, said Lily Garcia, president of the teachers union NEA, .

After weeks of work to come up with legislation to fund teacher pay raises - and just five days out from a planned statewide teacher walkout - the Oklahoma Senate has voted to approve a sweeping tax hike bill to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into education.

She added: "The goal of Oklahoma educators has always been to avoid a walk out, because lawmakers continue breaking promises, even promises made less than 24 hours ago, we call on schools to remain closed on Monday so educators can send a clear message at the Capitol: Oklahoma educators won't stand for these games any longer".

Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

In Oklahoma, the tax hikes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production will be enough for raises averaging about $6,100 annually, as well as funding boosts for schools, support personnel and state workers. "Stunts like these are why Oklahomans lack any trust or confidence in the state legislature".

While some Oklahoma school administrators and board members are giddy over the infusion of new cash, many rank-and-file teachers are demanding that all of their needs are met before they agree to stop a walkout. Passing the largest teacher pay raise in state history moves us to No. 2 in the region in average teacher pay and will help Oklahoma retain quality teachers.

"While this is major progress, this investment alone will not undo a decade of neglect", Priest said.

"This package doesn't overcome shortfall caused by four-day weeks and overcrowded classrooms that deprive kids of the one-on-one attention they need". OEA president Alicia Priest said it was "a good first step", but signaled that it won't be enough to avert a strike.

"We asked for $10,000 over three years". She heard from students about how their schools are preparing for the teacher strike.

In Arizona, thousands of teachers and supporters wearing red swarmed the state Capitol on Wednesday, calling for higher pay and better education funding under what they called #REDforED. "If teachers walkout, you have the opportunity to create hardship for the very students that they work so hard to serve every day so I'm concerned about that and hope they could find a way to express their position without doing that". "Our school communities are desperate for change because we know what's at stake here - the futures of our students and this great state".

Related News:



Most liked

Real Madrid told to look elsewhere as Chelsea duo clearly indicate futures
Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi then scored a header from a corner in the 38th minute to get Argentina back into the match.

Ball-tampering: Smith, Warner banned for a year, Bancroft for nine months
Even Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was moved to comment on the scandal. BCCI's move was on cards as it had made a decision to follow CA's punishment.

Nvidia pauses its self-driving auto tests in wake of Uber crash
This data is processed just like it is actually coming from the sensors of a auto on the road-at speeds of 30 times per second. He referenced an incident last week where a pedestrian died after being struck by a self-driving auto in Arizona.

Gov. Ducey to Uber: Arizona suspending license to drive autonomous cars
Experience forms one pillar of self-driving auto safety, Shashua said, and transparency forms another. Prior to the crash , Arizona had boasted about its lax regulations of self-driving vehicles.

Paul Ryan denies rumor that he'll step down as House Speaker
Amodei added that "nobody has talked to" members of Congress about "how they are going to vote" on new leadership. "I don't know. Shortly after this report surfaced, Scalise's office told Politico that Scalise " fully supports " Ryan to remain speaker.

Orange Snow Hit Parts of Europe This Weekend
The southern island of Crete was particularly badly affected, with some parts reporting dust in the air 10 times normal levels. NASA satellite imagery shows plumes of dust from the Sahara moving across the Mediterranean, north toward the east of Europe.

Virgil Abloh named Louis Vuitton's men's wear designer
Now based in the US, Abloh is already making plans to move his whole family to Paris to start his new role at Louis Vuitton . And he has touched turntables in the most envious parts of the world, including Milan, where his fashion label is based.

Thousands of civil servants strike in France over Macron's planned reforms
Railway workers are anxious by government plans to scrap job-for-life guarantees, automatic annual pay rises and generous early retirement.

Germany made to work hard, rallies to hold Spain
The five-time world champions showed no signs of missing the injured Neymar at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, where the July 15 World Cup final will be played.

Zlatan: Why I Joined LA Galaxy
Manager Jose Mourinho has not used him since a Premier League match against Burnley on December 26. Upon departing PSG in 2016, he famously quipped, "I came like a king, left like a legend".

Tesla Shareholders Approve Elon Musk's Compensation Package by almost 3-1 Margin
Boeing dropped 5.19 percent, while shares of Caterpillar and 3M fell 5.71 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. Shares of Tesla are down 18 percent from a year high reached in September. (NASDAQ: TSLA ) for 4,801 shares.

Liverpool increase asking price for Mohamed Salah
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action after the worldwide break when they take on Crystal Palace on 31 March. Kewell added, "He has this unbelievable dribbling ability, and defenders are scared of it".

Apple: BlueFin Slashes iPhone Estimates for 2018; 'Challenging' Environment
However, it looks like Apple may launch a 5.8-inch OLED display iPhone at a cost reportedly "much lower" than the iPhone X . Apple recently sent out invites to an event, where the company is expected to announce new products and services.

Mississippi's only abortion clinic sues state over nation's most restrictive ban
A judge was holding a hearing on blocking the law March 20. "I don't know if you can put any value on human life", Gunn said . Phil Bryant (R) on Monday signed a law-HB 1510-that bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation.

China's Congress reappoints Premier Li Keqiang and names new anti-graft watchdog
Beijing plans to "further bring down overall tariffs", with "zero tariffs for drugs, especially much-needed anti-cancer drugs", the premier said.