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Red-state teacher rebellion hits Oklahoma, grows in Arizona

Red-state teacher rebellion hits Oklahoma, grows in Arizona Red-state teacher rebellion hits Oklahoma, grows in Arizona
Patty Aguilar | 03 April, 2018, 00:43

The strike comes after similar action about a month ago in West Virginia and as teachers in states including Arizona and Kentucky consider walkouts. Rally organizers say it isn't clear how long the walkout will last. He believes supporters of pension reform and the biennial budget have not used an effective messaging strategy, especially considering SB 151 includes provisions proposed by education groups like KEA and the budget, House Bill 200, restores numerous education cuts, boosts per-pupil spending in Kentucky classrooms to $4,000, includes health care funding for retired teachers and increases funding for the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Some school districts have called off classes Monday, but much of the state is on spring break.

In Frankfort, Kentucky, teachers and other school employees gathered outside the Kentucky Education Association a couple of blocks from the Capitol, chanting "Stop the war on public education" and held signs that say "We've Had Enough".

"But it's like, at what point do I leave Oklahoma and just drive the 30 minutes into Kansas", she said.

Donors Choose is a nonprofit crowdfunding website that allows USA public school teachers to raise money for their classroom projects. The union has also asked that teachers' pay be raised by $10,000 annually.

Since 2008, state funding for public schools has decreased by almost 9 percent, while student enrollment has increased by over 8 percent.

Felder: Last week's pay raise of around $6,000 (on average) will do a lot to change Oklahoma's status as one of the lowest paying for teachers.

Despite the pay hike, Oklahoma educators still earn below the national average for public school teachers of $58,950 a year, according to the National Education Association report.

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The Republican-controlled legislature approved a $450 million revenue package last week to help fund teachers' pay raises in the first major tax increase in a quarter century. "There is a big need for that because like here in Stillwater, a large portion of Stillwater is living under the poverty line and I'll bet you a large portion of them are undereducated".

Oklahoma teachers rally outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., April 2, 2018. He said lawmakers have plenty of time left to fix it before the legislature must adjourn for the year.

"No one gets into teaching for the money", said Lindsay Burkhalter, a Ponca City Public Schools elementary teacher. Only teachers in MS and South Dakota earn less, according to the report.

Cagle said his high school ranks among the best in Oklahoma, in an upper-middle class community where parents are happy to give extra money to schools.But he fully understands that many schools aren't so lucky. But teachers' union officials said the overhaul would only generate $300 million in savings over the next three decades.

"Every party needs to work together in order to come to positive solutions for our kids and our public employees", KEA President Stephanie Winkler said during her remarks at Monday's rally.

The governor has not announced when or if he will sign the legislation.

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