Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Fewer Oklahoma teachers back at state Capitol

Fewer Oklahoma teachers back at state Capitol

Fallin signed the repeal of the $5 hotel/motel tax and Republican leadership in the House reiterated their desire to not hear the capital gains exemptions repeal in their chamber.

Last week, lawmakers passed legislation to bring in new revenue to schools through the taxation of ball and dice games, which would give the state an estimated $22 million, and the collection of sales taxes from online retailers, which provides $20 million to the education budget that already passed.

Moore Public Schools had already reopened on Thursday, and Putnam City Schools announced they would be back in session on Monday.

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.

As it became clearer throughout the week that additional revenue-raising measures were unlikely, many teachers said the walkout felt like it was coming to an end without a definitive victory.

"I believe that we all need to work together in advancing the cause of education".

The majority of the schools in Southern Oklahoma like Ardmore and Healdton stayed open this week and sent delegates to continue rallying at the capitol.

"We are glad that teachers received a needed pay raise".

"We start with a fertilized chicken egg and they track the progress for 21 days, and then at the end of the 21 days they have a baby chick", said Sonntag.

The union reported Friday that the survey's online link was shared with nonmembers and resulted in more votes than official union members.

"If our kids are not allowed to be in school to get an education how do we expect them to excel in life, I mean we can't go on with this forever", Irvin said.

April is Month of the Military Child and one school district is marking the occasion. Reporters at the capitol said that in the past couple days, crowds began to shrink.

"The unions don't want a popular outcry and they are trying to sabotage this struggle", Misty, a young teacher from the Oklahoma City area, told the World Socialist Web Site.

"While it's disheartening that the walkout ended, the walkout forced change that Oklahomans will see this November", she said.

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

Hall said to local news affiliate WSEE that the bats were 16 inches and cost the district $1,800. Watson told The Associated Press he assumes the culprit was someone marching with the teachers, since they have been wearing red.

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