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Large school districts have less despite spending more

14 April 2018, 01:33 | Jodi Jackson

Large school districts have less despite spending more

Large school districts have less despite spending more

Some of the state's largest districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, already had planned to close on Friday for a tenth consecutive day after frustrated teachers walked off their jobs demanding more funding for classrooms.

"We absolutely have a victory for teachers", Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, told a news conference.

The signatures of thousands of parents and teachers who are calling for better funding for public schools will be presented to the nation's education ministers as they meet in Adelaide.

In Arizona, the moment of truth has not definitively arrived, though teachers are threatening a statewide walkout if a broad range of demands (similar to those of Oklahoma teachers) from pay raises to retroactive education funding restoration are not met.

Teachers secured some wins before the walkout began, with a $6,100 raise on average for teachers and $1,250 for school support staff.

The Republican-dominated Oklahoma legislature had passed a tax bill that raised about 450 million dollars for education, but educators were seeking 600 million dollars. I suspected they were going to say, 'We are done with the strike.' On Thursday, I went up to the OEA table around noon and asked if they were going to stop supporting the strike.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association also announced that state employees will no longer participate in the strikes.

"They've been out for two weeks, and it's time for them to get back to school".

"It's just really hard to be gone and we are always conscientious of what our students are missing when we are not there and how that's going to impact them", Coil said. Now marriages hope to disperse the communication that conservative guidelines lead that teachers and mothers and fathers are protesting.

Teachers did not win the repeal of the capital gains tax exemption that they pushed for this week, which would reportedly would bring in $120 million annually. Tonight, our union will hold a telephone town hall meeting with our members to discuss the situation and listen to what teachers have to say.

Jordan said he didn't see any tax increase measures coming before lawmakers, at least not in the coming days.

Oklahoma teachers said additional spending was needed to improve deteriorating school facilities and outdated school supplies. Others will send delegates to talk with lawmakers about increasing funding.

She said the walkout was a success even though no money was added to next year's budget because of it.

A Clinton High School teacher is one of 10 educators nationwide to receive a classroom technology grant from Turning Technologies.

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