Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike


"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.

The OEA walkout lasted 9 days officially, but those who were at the Capitol on Friday make it 10 days.

Anger grows over union effort to sabotage Oklahoma teachers strike

The state legislature only approved a fraction of that funding demand and teachers made no further progress since last Friday. Lanae DeArman of Sulphur, Okla., joined picketing teachers at the Capitol, lobbying her representatives to raise taxes to fund education.

Superintendent William Hall said that he had chosen to arm teachers with bats because they "could be used as a tool against an active shooter just like any other item in the immediate room". "We are proud of what we have accomplished, but truthfully there's no one left to negotiate with in the statehouse", Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, said.

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The fights were captured on cell phone video, and Fish can be heard on a video seeming to give the fighting students directions, such as at one time saying something to the effect of, "Move this way, away from the door", the police report said.

Earlier on Thursday, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association (OPEA) had announced it would no larger participate in the "walkout". "Our legislators are not here right now, because they wanted to come back on Monday, but yet we showed up because we care so much about our kids we're not going to stop until somethings done". Though the school governing board and the public appear sympathetic to teacher pay concerns, neither would be tolerant of a long shutdown of the expensive public school system.

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Immediately following the Oklahoma Education Association's call to end the walkout, some teachers said they weren't ready to return to work. Before the strike, state lawmakers passed a pay raise of $6,100 on average for teachers and $1,250 for school professionals, funded by the first major tax hike in the state in almost 30 years.

According to a union statement, "110 percent of the membership responded to the survey, with two-thirds wanting to continue the walkout".

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To the applause of teachers, Morejon stated, "Teachers started this and we are not ending it until teachers say so". The teachers are urging lawmakers to override the governor's vetoes. "As many as we can get", Morejon said. Others will send delegates to talk with lawmakers about increasing funding. Bishop said that's because of the conversation leading up to the walkout itself, which she said helped secure revenue in the time it did.