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Teacher strikes. What is your opinion

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2018 at 5:36 PM
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Union Leader Calls For An End To Oklahoma Teachers' 9-Day Strike


Teachers' union leaders in Oklahoma have ended a nine-day, statewide strike after winning salary raises but seeing a lack of legislative action otherwise.

The strike ends amid a wave of teacher protests inspired by pay and school funding that have rocked several red states this year, beginning in West Virginia, where teachers won a $2,000 raise from lawmakers. Budgeting data from the Education Department shows that teachers earned less, on average, in 2017 than they did in 1990, adjusting for inflation. In Oklahoma, teachers make about 67 cents to the dollar compared to other college graduates.

The Oklahoma Education Association teachers union originally gave lawmakers a late April deadline to implement new funding, or face a walkout. Teachers throughout the state, where union membership is optional, pushed the OEA to adopt a deadline of April 1.

The walkout began on April 2 after lawmakers failed to meet the bulk of those demands, though teachers were granted a pay raise of about $6,000 beforehand. Thousands of teachers and students alike flooded the Oklahoma state Senate to advocate for legislative action of additional funding. Many teachers organized daycare for students whose parents work, and lunches for those who depend on the school cafeteria to quell their hunger.

Last week, the teachers union laid out a set of specific demands they said could end the walkout, including specific legislation to restore funding cuts to classrooms. The Oklahoma state Senate announced it would take up two measures to increase education funding by about $40 million, and passed those measures on April 6.

After that vote, Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said the measures weren't enough to make up for a decade of deep cuts, and demanded that lawmakers raise certain taxes to pay for additional school funding.

On Thursday, Priest called for the strike's end in a press conference, saying that despite the demands of thousands for lawmakers to increase school funding, the lack of significant legislative action suggests that it's best the union aim its efforts elsewhere, such as the 2018 midterm elections.

"There comes a time, when if what you're doing is not getting the results you seek, there is wisdom in shifting focus," Priest said. "While the walkout is ending today, and we're going back to school, we are not just giving up and going home."

Priest said that the OEA had polled its members, and a majority said they doubted that continuing the walkout would result in more funding. She also said that the union does not speak for all Oklahoman teachers, and that non-members can continue the walkout on their own.

The results of the walkout are being closely monitored in Kentucky, where some school districts will be closed due to teacher strikes next week. Arizona teachers staged a non-strike "walk-in" this week, demanding additional school funding and salary boosts. Its organizers have suggested that walkouts are a possibility.


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anotherandree
by Bronze sister on Apr. 16, 2018 at 6:02 PM
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My husband is a teacher and we're in Arizona, one of the states mentioned in the article. First, let me say that's it's not only about pay. Our governor said he wanted to give our teachers a 20% raise by 2020. Sounds great, right? However, that's the beginning! One teacher interviewed said that she started 5 yrs ago and had 25 kids in her class. Five years later and she's pushing 40 kids. My husband works in digital media. His funding got cut and he's using iPad 2s which aren't even supported anymore bc all his cameras are broke. His school got rid of the computer labs to make more room for more students. They have almost double the amount of students but the same space they did 5 yrs ago when my husband started. They are CRAMMED in. But student have no access to technology.

We voted last election to sell off state land to put "millions" into education but it never happened. Education is a joke in this state.
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by Janine on Apr. 16, 2018 at 6:13 PM
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Teachers should be paid top dollar. It's our kids were talking about. It's our future. Most of the teachers I know have to take second jobs just to get by. It's ridiculous!
Lb128f
by Linda on Apr. 16, 2018 at 6:19 PM
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Gotta' read up on this.

chicken13
by Silver sister on Apr. 16, 2018 at 6:47 PM
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Public schools have been getting the shit end of the stick for decades and it’s really starting to show.

Infrastructure is awful. Teachers are paid crap (so good teachers leave). Funding is cut to everything...supplies, technology, programs, athletics.

Everyone wants it to be better...but every time an increase shows up on the ballots “we” vote it down.
dana63
by Momma of 40ish on Apr. 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM
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I taught special education, my pay was nothing compared to what I did daily. Not trying to sound funny but a stripper who I knew made more money than I did. Teachers are under paid, under appreciated, most important they teach daily not knowing what the day will bring.

AndrewsMomPDX
by Christine on Apr. 16, 2018 at 7:25 PM
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I believe as the teachers do and that they deserve a better wage and that public schools need better funding. Our country's secretary of education is a disgrace after seeing her on 60 Minutes and our priorities are out of whack.
letstalk747
by Joyful on Apr. 16, 2018 at 7:58 PM
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I think teachers need more pay.

wenuck
by Wendy - Moonshine on Apr. 16, 2018 at 8:01 PM
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Amen!

Quoting chicken13: Public schools have been getting the shit end of the stick for decades and it’s really starting to show.

Infrastructure is awful. Teachers are paid crap (so good teachers leave). Funding is cut to everything...supplies, technology, programs, athletics.

Everyone wants it to be better...but every time an increase shows up on the ballots “we” vote it down.
RaeMarie
by RaeMarie on Apr. 16, 2018 at 8:22 PM
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I think if I were a teacher (who was married to someone bringing in a second income) I would forgo the raise in favor of more funding. Probably even for more teachers so the class sizes were smaller. We keep piling more and more and more on teachers yet expect them to have phenomenal results for no money. It isn't right. 

1kidmomajm
by Kristy on Apr. 16, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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Except most doctors, any person working in a service field is never paid enough. Teachers work much more than the 7 hours in school. I hate to see kids missing school (but they have with all their walk outs, some good some not) but things need to change and it won't be bad for the kids in the long run that they missed some school time. When MD governer took office he cut the school budget something awful. Teachers go through alot of crap

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