Massive Oklahoma teacher protests enter 2nd week

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But many educators say classrooms still need more money.

The demonstrations, which will mostly happen before the start of the school day, are meant to build more support from parents and school administrators.

The teacher, Keri Hoffman, also told authorities the student was among a group that she accompanied to the Capitol for the teacher walkout.

A San Antonio educator is keeping tabs on the teacher walkouts in her former state of Oklahoma.

Demonstrators walk along NE 36th St.in the final leg of a 110 mile trip from Tulsa to the state Capitol, as protests continue over school funding, in Oklahoma City, April 10, 2018.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last month granting teacher pay hikes of about $6,100 and providing tens of millions of new dollars for public schools, but many educators say classrooms still need more money.

But behind the scenes, superintendents are discussing the logistics of a work stoppage.

The Oklahoma Legislature typically does not meet on Fridays, but protesting teachers had packed the Capitol for five days, adding pressure for elected leaders to act.




While thousands of students remain out of school indefinitely, OEA President Alicia Priest made clear what she thinks lawmakers must do to end the teacher walkout. But the package wasn't almost as much as educators demanded, so major school districts shuttered and the walkout ensued. "This has proved why we have stayed in Oklahoma: the community has helped us".

"We stand united. We fight, and they're not going to divide us", said Sharita Stalnaker, an Edmond teacher.

Hundreds of schools closed Monday as teachers demanded $150 million more to replace dilapidated, decades-old textbooks and fund elective courses.

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The Trump administration's budget, which was passed with Democratic support, included $400 million for charter school grants, a $58 million or 17 percent increase over the previous year.

Lynn said she misses her students.

"My former students who are now teachers, one is leading a walk today, another is on the capitol grounds", said Carbbe. Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems.

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