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'There Is Wisdom In Shifting Focus': Oklahoma Teachers Union Calls Off Walkout

'There Is Wisdom In Shifting Focus': Oklahoma Teachers Union Calls Off Walkout

The number of teachers vowing to run for office was one sign of the walkout's success, said Kelly Craig, a fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma City.

So when April 2 rolled around, school districts across the state closed as teachers marched to the state capitol to lobby for additional funding. "I think most people would agree that pushing anymore of a teacher raise and support staff raise is probably not a good idea", said Morejon.

"Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol and spilling out over the grounds for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday", Priest said in a statement Thursday.

The strike, which was initiated by rank-and-file teachers using social media, followed the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, one-day strikes at schools in Puerto Rico and Jersey City, New Jersey, and demands for walkouts by teachers in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.

Another teacher's union, the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, announced it will poll members throughout Friday on whether to return to the classroom.

At the elementary school level, my experience says the most important thing we should invest in is not one megaschool with all the bells and whistles, but rather a safe/clean/supportive space under a roof that does not leak.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association also announced that state employees will no longer participate in the strikes. They're going to come back with more attention than if they had if they were working straight through...

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'There Is Wisdom In Shifting Focus': Oklahoma Teachers Union Calls Off Walkout

Republican lawmakers approved a two-year budget earlier this month that included record increases in public education spending that were to be paid for with an accompanying $480 million tax increase.

The decision to end the Oklahoma walkout was met with mixed reaction from teachers, some of whom said OEA ended the walkout prematurely. "As many as we can get", Morejon said. Before the strike, state lawmakers passed a pay raise of $6,100 on average for teachers and $1,250 for school professionals, funded by the first major tax hike in the state in almost 30 years.

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.

"We start with a fertilized chicken egg and they track the progress for 21 days, and then at the end of the 21 days they have a baby chick", said Sonntag.

President of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) Pedro Shepherd relayed the message during the recently held 44th Annual General Conference (AGM) of the BUT at Almond Bay Conference Centre.

Whatever happens, a walkout would be a tremendously bad idea, one that undercuts new-found financial support from the taxpayers of the unified school district and undoes the positive feelings teachers now enjoy. The teachers are urging lawmakers to override the governor's vetoes.

Ms. DeArman said she planned to vote this year and would be carefully considering candidates' education platforms.





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