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"We are going to get to the point where it is an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object".

Thursday was also the second day for candidate filing.

"Even though I live in Norman, in what some consider a really great school district, I see us on a path to some of the other challenges like four-day school weeks", said House District 47 candidate Merelyn Bell.

Math teacher Shawn Sheehan was Oklahoma's 2016 teacher of the year.

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.

"Our problem for decades has been, we haven't been able to retain teachers because they could drive right across the border", said Shawn Hime, the executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice President Shawna Mott-Wright posted on Facebook, "Do you think quitting the premier teacher association (OEA) will help strengthen teachers?"

Not everyone was unhappy with the OEA decision, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in particular was pleased. However, they began to conduct out of wiggle room to make up for lost time once the labour action threatened to expand the college season, piling pressure to come back.

"I'm glad teachers who participated in the union strike will return to teaching their students". "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".

Many Oklahoma schools have been closed throughout the state for almost two weeks during the teacher walkout.

In the absence of school, many schools and community programs have offered breakfast and lunch for students.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat says he's met with leadership of the Oklahoma Education Association over the past two days and is trying to negotiate a solution to the walkout, but he says union leaders have been unclear about how much money they want. They also increased pay for support staff and public employees and agreed to increase classroom spending by about $50 million. TPS paid all of its support employees through April 6, but more than 500 didn't get paid this past week, which didn't sit well with their union leader.

Several media reports say some teachers from Moore Public Schools are taking personal leave as classes resume Thursday, leaving school officials to seek hundreds of substitute teachers.



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