Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Teachers nationwide call for fairer school funding

Teachers nationwide call for fairer school funding

At a news conference, Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, characterized the nine-day walkout as "a victory for teachers", even as it fell short of its goals....

Dr. Brian McDaniel, a band teacher at Painted Hills Middle School and a Desert Hot Springs native, was named both a California and Riverside County Teacher of the Year last year by state and county education officials.

Priest said that Republican senators refused to "move an inch" when it comes to finding more funding for education.

Efforts to obtain more funding will continue away from the Capitol, Priest said.

Pennsylvania teachers say the mini baseball bats they got from the district after the Parkland massacre probably won't do much to keep students safe.

Dickson made a decision to shut down for the week now that state testing is finished and have confirmed they will remain closed Friday despite the walkout said to end.

Although the walkout is over, some Oklahoma teachers have been inspired and have taken it upon themselves to run for state House and Senate seats.

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Among other demands, the Red for Ed movement, started by the grassroots organization Arizona Educators United, is calling for a 20-percent raise for all teaching and certified staff, a return to 2008 school funding levels, smaller class sizes, and new resources and materials. "We're not giving our kids what they need", he said.

So far Oklahoma City and Tulsa schools have announced they will also remain closed Friday.

After nine days of rallying at the state capitol, union leaders say the Oklahoma teacher walkout is over.

On the fifth day of the strike, Priest offered to end it if the Legislature passed bills eliminating a capital gains tax exemption and Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill repealing a hotel and motel tax.

When confronted by the superintendent, Fish claimed that the children were just being rambunctious and needed something to blow off some steam. Lawmakers have held their ground since, refusing to give any more concessions and saying the budget for the year is set.

Alberto Morejon, the eighth grade social studies teacher at Stillwater Junior High School who started the Facebook page organizing a walkout that now has nearly 80,000 members, wrote that Stillwater teachers will still be at the capitol on Thursday. "I didn't know how to handle the situation", he said outside of court Thursday, according to NBC Connecticut. In one, the teacher stands between two boys, separating them with outstretched arms.

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