Oklahoma Representative has message for teachers following end of walkout

Oklahoma Education Association Calls For End Of Teacher Walkout

News 9 did reach out to the Oklahoma Education Association.

The OEA walkout lasted 9 days officially, but those who were at the Capitol on Friday make it 10 days.

"My class will be getting a set of interactive calculators along with a teacher base and several other technology items that will allow students to engage and interact using their calculators, laptops, cell phones or iPads as we prepare for the state test", she said.

"And it bothers me that so many teachers work so hard to get where they are and to help 70 students that this wasn't a teacher, but he was in that role".

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.

Kentucky police say they might limit the number of teachers inside the state Capitol as thousands are expected to protest the governor's vetoes of the state budget.

Some major districts have said they will resume classes on Monday.

Oklahoma City schools had already announced it would remain closed on Friday. "We are proud of what we have accomplished, but truthfully there's no one left to negotiate with in the statehouse", Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, said.

The Oklahoma walkout began on April 2 and affected about 500,000 of the state's 700,000 public school students. Lanae DeArman of Sulphur, Okla., joined picketing teachers at the Capitol, lobbying her representatives to raise taxes to fund education.

An official end to the nine-day strike likely won't end all activity.

Defiant teachers spent the rest of the strike loudly jingling their keys in the capitol, chanting: "Where is our vehicle?"

"You've basically started a war and then walked away from it", teacher Kellie Tatum said. He says lawmakers could pass amendments to the bills that have already passed.

As schools across the country grapple with fresh security concerns in the wake of February 14th's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we've seen some pretty absurd ideas for how best to protect students and teachers in case the unimaginable happens. In Oklahoma, marriage membership is discretionary for most teachers.

The bats are part of the district's overall response, outlined with the acronym TROJAN- Threat assessment; run; obstruct and barricade; join forces; attack; and never give up.

In announcing an end to the walkout, the Oklahoma Education Association said it was now focused on the November elections. So our attention will turn to November.

Many who returned Friday to the Capitol said they disagreed with a decision to end the walkout, saying their mission was not finished. Others will send delegates to talk with lawmakers about increasing funding. Republican leaders said they had no plans to go as high as the $600 million being sought by educators.

Robin Atkinson teaches special education at Sangre Ridge Elementary in Stillwater. In Oklahoma, union membership is optional for teachers.

If there is a walkout, it could be a long one: Teachers statewide are demanding a 20 percent raise from the Legislature.

The Democrats, however, have proven to be as ruthless an enemy of teachers and public education as the Republicans.

According to new reports, Owen was emailing and texting the student for a month and even admitted to someone she thought the 17-year-old student was attractive.



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