School board will vote Wednesday whether to support teachers' proposed walkout

School board will vote Wednesday whether to support teachers' proposed walkout

The Oklahoma Education Association has called for April 2 as the day for a strike if state legislators don't come through with a series of school funding requests, including teacher pay raises. One district, Bartlesville, even proposed a plan for how to pay for such a pay raise.

The board will then vote on a resolution to support pay raises for teachers and other school employees.

The Oklahoma City School Board, for example, recently passed a resolution that offers "full support of our teachers and stands ready to take any steps necessary to improve conditions for our teachers - including a districtwide suspension of classes".

One parent, Tim King, said he did support the pay raise. Tax breaks for the oil and gas industry as well as for the state's top income earners have forced drastic cuts to the state's social services, including education.

"If the legislature can not properly fund education and core state services by the legal deadline of April 1, we are prepared to close schools and stay at the Capitol until it gets done", Priest said in a statement last week.

"Our state, my state, doesn't value our children and their futures", cried 10-year Union Teacher Anita Winn.

This is how the discussion item will be presented to members of the Foyil School Board this.

It is created to produce revenue for $6,000 teacher raises, totaling $366 million, $115 million to restore state aid funding for public schools and another $219 million for other core services in the state budget.

"The powers that be at the capitol have chosen not to fund education for the past three years, causing our district to make many cuts", Colvin said.

"I've not spoken to other superintendents about this and I think if you do a walkout and don't shut down sports that's not fair".

Broken Arrow, Union, Owasso, Sapulpa, Mannford and Oologah also voted Monday to allow superintendents to close school and allow teachers to walk out, if the legislature doesn't meet an April 1st funding deadline.

Muskogee High School teacher Lisa Dotson holds a protest sign during a Muskogee Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

Students told the board what it's like in overcrowded classrooms.

"The Muskogee Public School Board has joined with the OSSBA in a collaborated effort to attract a pool of quality, qualified applicants to select our next superintendent of schools", said school board President Keith Biglow.

"I keep telling our staff, we're going to support our teachers", he said.

Union Public Schools was one of many Green Country school districts who voted to participate in the statewide teacher walkout Monday should the Oklahoma legislature not act by April 2.

In Bartlesville, board members and residents acknowledged what was at stake - not just a walkout but also the broader fate of education in the state. As an administration we can't tell the teachers they cannot walk out. "We have compromised our way into a crisis".

He said all businesses have to pay competitive wages or risk not having enough workers to fill their staffs, referencing Oklahoma's teacher shortage.

A photo of Danks on the side of the road with her sign spread online, and she later was able to start a nonprofit to help other teachers, but what she most wanted to accomplish was to bring awareness to the plight of teachers in Oklahoma.

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