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Oklahoma House approves education tax bill amid teacher walkout

Oklahoma House approves education tax bill amid teacher walkout

"It had me a little teary, actually", she told NBC affiliate KJRH in Tulsa.

Millar taught middle school, high school, and special education in Georgia for 28 years.

Scarberry is one of several teachers and parents in Oklahoma who have shared photos and stories via social media of crumbling, outdated textbooks as part of their plea for more education funding.

He later deleted the video and issued a statement saying he doesn't approve of some behavior at the Capitol but now understands that it wasn't "necessarily Oklahoma teachers that have been doing it".

Schools across Oklahoma were closed for the third day in a row Wednesday as thousands of teachers continued to rally for pay raises and increased government funding for education. And now, they come into this House, they want to act this way. "I just love them so much". My husband works with me at Heavener and works in maintenance. "I anticipate that we'll be back up here on Monday". "Our services are being cut to the core", she said.

"This isn't just about teacher salaries", said David DuVall, who is the executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association. The state leads the nation in cuts over the past decade to its education formula funding, which is the primary way local districts get state money.

"Right now the Original bill that was passed gave 50M towards education funding (Our ask was 200M)", he added, referring to a bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin (R) last week that would increase teacher salaries by an average of $6,100 annually and included $50 million in funding for classrooms.

It's unclear if the State Senate will pass the measure.

"These measures finally ensure Oklahoma's dedicated, hard-working public schoolteachers receive well-deserved, competitive pay".

But, the voice of opposition couldn't out do some students and staff.

Oklahoma City Public Schools said it will again feed the students with hundreds of meals.

Melissa Wash, a first-grade teacher form Gallatin County who has been teaching for 19 years, said she voted for Bevin, but now plans to become a Democrat.

The protests reflect rising discontent after years of sluggish or declining public school spending in Oklahoma, which ranked 47th among the 50 USA states in per-student expenditure, and 48th in average teacher salaries in 2016, according to the National Education Association. "Copies are limited in schools to maybe 30 a week".

Some Oklahoma educators and their supporters have begun a 110-mile march to urge state lawmakers to increase funding for classrooms. The movement started with teachers striking in West Virginia and winning a 5-percent pay raise.

Many teachers say they won't return to the classrooms until lawmakers pay attention to their demands. "I'm not the only one", she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday. A Senate leader says lawmakers plan to consider "substantive" legislation.

Speaking to the World Socialist Web Site, retired Kentucky teacher Barbara Kussow Barr said, "Teachers have been quite shocked by how bills are handled and how politics is handled". "I've been here every day because we need more funding for our classrooms".

"It's been a hassle, that's for sure", said Hardwick, who said she may have to take a day off work without pay.

Her school has even discussed moving to a four-day week to cut back on expenses such as electricity and water usage.

"People are standing outside the House of Representatives room chanting", she said. The legislature has taken up some revenue-raising measures but not made concrete progress on passing a school funding bill that would meet the demands laid out by the Oklahoma Education Association, the teachers union coordinating the walkout. Teachers are using their own paychecks to keep stretching resources.


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