Oklahoma teacher walkout ends, but the fight continues


More than a week after frustrated teachers walked out of class in Oklahoma, lawmakers and the state's education association have reached a deal. Many of them said the raises were secondary to increasing general school funding, as the state faces a severe teacher shortage and schools lack basic supplies and modern textbooks.

Priest said that Republican senators refused to "move an inch" when it comes to finding more funding for education.

Priest said that while the walkout is ending, their fight for increased funding will continue, with a shift in their focus.

The concerned mother further said after the teacher made the comments, students started pointing at her daughter, who is bi-racial. Still, the investigation revealed that, throughout his employment, Fish organized several class fights and even taped one of them.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association also announced that state employees will no longer participate in the strikes. And for the most part, the state's GOP has been dismissive of teacher protests on this and the more general topic of education spending. The Francis Howell, Parkway, and Pattonville school districts are opening up worksite clinics for their teachers and staff to provide them with easier access to health care.

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.

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"Unfortunately, because they are the organization that is supposed to be organizing this movement, I think that a lot of people will follow suit with the OEA", said Kambra Reynolds, a second grade teacher from Norman.

Knight is employed by Kelly Educational Staffing, and worked as a substitute physical education teacher at Westwood Middle School.

'I really did and I thought that that would help me get to them. But the teachers failed to overturn a capital gains tax repeal, which the governor signed into law Wednesday. The Oklahoma City AFT went out with a vote, and we will go back in based on a vote.

"Hopefully, they give him what he deserves", said Mitchell.

The South Australian opposition says new SA Education Minister John Gardner must also use the meeting to stand up for local schools.

Alberto Morejon, the eighth grade social studies teacher at Stillwater Junior High School who started the Facebook page organizing a walkout that now has nearly 80,000 members, wrote that Stillwater teachers will still be at the capitol on Thursday.

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