"The bats are more symbolic than anything", Hall said.
Students are responsible for catching up on the work they missed when they return to class, he said, just as the students would if they were absent for a sporting event, band concert or other extracurricular activity.
StateImpact Oklahoma's Emily Wendler reports on the Oklahoma Education Association's announcement.
The Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest labor union, announced at a press conference held Thursday afternoon (April 12) it would end the job action, which was supported by school boards and superintendents in the state's largest school districts.
Nine days after it began, the teacher walkout in Oklahoma is finally over.
Oklahoma lawmakers approved a $6,100 teacher pay raise at the end of March 2018. But teachers said that wasn't enough. Multiple teachers insisted that they did not want to fund education by imposing regressive taxes on working-class families, let alone through other budget cuts to essential services like mental health.
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Before the OEA announcement, the Norman and Putnam City public school districts had announced school would resume on Monday (April 16).
Over the past two weeks, education leaders have gone back and forth on how much funding they wanted for the classroom and where they wanted the money to come from.
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.
"We had solidarity. And then we would go in the capitol".
"Unfortunately, we're in a day and age where one might need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids", he says. If your district is open, please send your delegates to the Capitol ... The meeting was called by Alberto Morejon, a teacher in Stillwater, Oklahoma who started the Facebook page "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout-The Time is Now!" which quickly grew to 70,000 members.
"It is due to their voices that they were going to be here and what they were going to accomplish that helped move this piece of legislation, I really truly feel like that legislature wanted to get it done quickly so people wouldn't come - that didn't work", Bishop said. "They don't want to hurt the animals, so they modify their own behavior more".
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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.
School districts across the country are struggling with how best to protect children.
Alberto Morejon is a junior high history teacher from Stillwater.
"While it's disheartening that the walkout ended, the walkout forced change that Oklahomans will see this November", she said.
On Thursday, OEA President Alicia Priest said teachers should turn their attention toward election season.
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