Oklahoma teacher walkout enters seventh day

Oklahoma teacher walkout enters seventh day

Oklahoma teachers completed their walkout over school funds and greater pay into a ninth day on Tuesday because a union leader announced that teachers had the advantage of excellence in an conflict with the Republican-dominated country legislature.

The walkout closed community educational institutions serving about 500,000 of the nation's 700,000 students on Monday, also schools in the nation's biggest cities, both Oklahoma City and Tulsa, had been shut back on Tuesday.

Many Oklahoma school districts have been shuttered since April 2 when thousands of teachers traveled to the state Capitol demanding that lawmakers appropriate more tax dollars for classroom needs. But many educators say classrooms still need more money.

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However, Republicans in the State House of Representatives don't appear to be listening. Authorities said she surrendered to the Clinton Police Department.

Ducey is sticking with his plan to slowly boost school funding, promising a 1-percent teacher raise and $100 million in funding for districts this year as a start to restoring almost $400 million in cuts.

She called Ducey's proposed 1 percent raise "insulting".

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"If you want a different outcome, you have got to change the players at the table", she said.

"Teachers, we can not say enough about how easy you have made this process during the Teacher Demonstration".

The Republican-led Legislature has approved tax increases on cigarettes, motor fuel and oil and gas production to generate about $450 million, with the bulk going to teacher raises.

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Early estimates show the teacher walkout has cost taxpayers over half a million dollars.

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