Oklahoma teachers walk out for 2nd day in red-state revolt

Teachers in Kentucky staged a'sickout on Friday over a recently passed pension reform measure

And she prayed that she was doing the right thing by not showing up Monday morning, instead joining thousands of teachers at the state Capitol to protest the deep cuts to education.

"Funding for public education should not be historic".

Alisha Malaska had an important question at this week's parent-teacher conference: Why were her son's textbooks falling apart?

Teachers have been flexing their political muscle in Republican-dominated states where education funding was cut in recent years.

Mostly bundled in woolen gloves and winter hats, the demonstrators on hand sought better pay for teachers and state employees, more funding for education in general and the attention of politicians whose latest offering has been roundly rejected as too little, too late. Oklahoma City and at least 50 other districts are closed Tuesday due to continued demonstrations, and Oklahoma Education Association president Alicia Priest told the crowd at the rally that educators would continue to press lawmakers to heed their demands this week.

Following the success of the West Virginia teachers strike a month ago that led to a 5 percent pay raise, teachers throughout the nation are rising to demand better conditions and better pay. The regional average was $48,450.

Arizona teachers are also calling for pay increases. Consumers will pay $1 more per pack of cigarettes. Legislative leaders proposed increasing education spending as part of the state's budget in a move to calm the rebellion that has stretched across the country.

"I've been teaching 19 years and class sizes have gotten bigger over the years".

The teacher prayed for her third-grade students, who face a high-stakes reading test this year that will determine whether they advance to fourth grade.

Felder: Educator frustration in Oklahoma has been growing for years as public school funding has not kept pace with student growth. But in many other states, grassroots teachers groups, like Larry Cagle's group in Oklahoma, have taken the lead - often using social media to organize.

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"What I'm seeing in Louisville is teachers are a lot more politically engaged than they were in 2015 or 2016", he said.

Yes, Synder is making more money, but leaving her home state really hurts. But teachers' union officials said the overhaul would only generate $300 million in savings over the next three decades. "We're hopeful. We're very hopeful".

Teachers have already announced they will be back at the capitol again on Tuesday.

"Now, we look like greedy teachers, that's what I've heard and that's not it at all", said Deidra Smith, a teacher in Guymon Public Schools. Further, the teacher added, "We need to take this all the way". Some held signs reading, "Straight Outta Funding".

As the state Legislature failed to pass funding increases that met that high burden over the previous year, discontent grew among Oklahoma school districts.

It also retweeted support for teachers in Kentucky. They're here for the kids.

Garringer, who has a 4-year-old daughter, plans to enroll her in Pre-K classes this coming school year.

Teachers in the state have called attention to students' aging computers and textbooks, leaky roofs in school buildings, faulty heating systems and some districts moving to four-day school weeks to save money on electricity.

Among the schools closed Monday are the state's three largest school districts, in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Edmond. "I'm talking multiple days and not just today".

"We must be responsible not to neglect other areas of need in the state such as corrections and health and human services as we continue to consider additional education funding measures", she said. But here's the difference, and it's something we're not supposed to talk about.

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