Oklahoma teachers move to North Texas

Oklahoma teachers move to North Texas

Oklahoma teachers move to North Texas

He said that his participation in the Frankfort rally was to spread the message that legislators should fully fund public education.

They acted after Oklahoma teachers launched their protests, inspired by a nine-day strike in West Virginia, where they won a 5 percent raise.

In spite of the raise, thousands of teachers walked out of their classrooms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and Fallin says that has raised questions.

One union, Professional Oklahoma Educators, posted a video of Republican Rep.

The Oklahoma walkout was stoked by the recent teacher strike in West Virginia, which closed schools throughout that state for nearly two weeks and resulted in a five-per-cent raise for teachers there. "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better vehicle". Teachers in Arizona are now considering a strike over their demands for a 20 percent salary increase. Molly Damer from Bixby, Oklahoma was one of them, making the case for more classroom funding. While the educators have closed schools and flooded their state capitol buildings, they have found a powerful ally in their own students, many of whom are just as tired of deep budget cuts and underfunded schools.

Teachers said they appreciate the pay increase, but said more work remains to adequately funding public schools statewide.

"They're depriving their students of education while they're there", says Connie Millar. However, they just received raises of $6,100, $1,250 raises for support staff, and $50 million in education funding.

In his speech, Curtis told his fellow students to register to vote as soon as they could, and to vote out of office state lawmakers who won't increase school funding.

After school Wednesday, teachers said they plan to march from Tucson High School to the state capitol downtown for a 4:30 p.m. rally. Both states have among the lowest paid teachers in the nation. Last week, teachers in Arizona rallied to demand more funding too.

But Carri Hicks, a fourth-grade math and science teacher in the Oklahoma City suburb of Deer Creek, said she made a decision to run as a Democrat for a state Senate seat this year in part because of the declines in funding for public schools. Teachers began rallying at the Capitol on Monday and have returned each day since.

Porter Davis, a founding member of Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite, which seeks more transparent and fiscally responsible state government, said that rather than raising taxes, eliminating bureaucracy and waste would free money for education. Teachers have not said when the walkout will end.

It was a packed crowd for the third straight day, and hundreds of students joined in to show support for their teachers. Student speakers described tattered textbooks, malfunctioning computers and broken classroom furnishings and urged lawmakers to increase spending on their education. "That's more important than any money", says Millar.

Kentucky teachers are expected to return to classrooms Monday after break, CNN reported, but educators are closely watching what happens next, as the governor expressed some concerns about the pending budget.

Additional protests have been held around the country close educational institutions and along busy roads, together with demonstrators holding up signs with such slogans like "35 is just a rate limit, maybe not a class dimensions", and "Students, students what do you see?" Teachers were at the heart of massive protests at the Wisconsin state Capitol in 2011, fighting a proposal from then-newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has said he is sticking to a 1 percent increase.

Last week, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed new legislation granting teachers raises of 15 to 18 percent.

The WSWS calls on Kentucky teachers to form democratically elected rank-and-file committees in schools in every county, independent of the unions and the two capitalist political parties, and coordinate with supporters of their struggle everywhere.

"Teachers want more", Fallin told CBS News.

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