OEA Calls for End to Teacher Walkout

OEA Calls for End to Teacher Walkout

OEA Calls for End to Teacher Walkout

Student learning at schools affected by the strike has been halted for almost two weeks at a critical time in the academic year when federal and state testing requirements need to be completed.

The strike was part of a wave of actions by teachers in states that have some of the lowest per-student spending in the country.

"This was not an event; it was a movement we saw created here at the Capitol", said Waldron, who is running for the House District 77 seat.

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Education Association said it had received 95 percent of its funding demands for next fiscal year.

So far today, the OEA has declined interviews with the media but recently announced union leaders will hold a press conference at 4 p.m.

The hundreds of Oklahoma teachers that gathered to rally, may have also used that time to decide they want to add another task into their lives. Classroom teacher and organization executive are two different jobs.

Dear Mr. Dave Ruthenberg, I realize your union exposé piece (Opinion, "COLUMN: The union behind the walkout", April 11, Enid News & Eagle) was meant to give a counterpoint to the overwhelming public support for our teacher walkout.

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"This is what I would call a one time in a generation event to make a stand and be public and I don't think teacher advocacy should end with the end of this walk out", Bein said.

Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest said educators were able to secure $479 million in funding for the upcoming school year, and will now shift their focus to the upcoming election season and sending smaller delegations of teachers to continue to advocate at the Capitol. "It seems like we should stay after the (candidate) filing period because if more of these legislators who have run unopposed become contested, that's a huge amount of leverage". "We all know that we will never see another penny from this state". "Student learning at schools affected by the strike has been halted for almost two weeks at a critical time in the academic year when federal and state testing requirements need to be completed".

Public schools in Oklahoma's two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, will remain closed on Friday, the end of the second week of a statewide walkout by teachers who marched on the state Capitol.

The resumption of classes also takes thousands of local education support employees out of financial limbo. The union is now asking for $25 million more.

Many schools already chose to return to classes earlier this week.

"That doesn't help our 564 people", he said.

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