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OKLAHOMA CITY – After nine days, the Oklahoma teacher walkout is officially over.
Last month, the Oklahoma Education Association announced that it is seeking a $10,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers over three years, a $5,000 pay raise for support professionals over three years, a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees, and the restoration of funding for education and core government services.
OEA announced that it was tentatively planning a teacher walkout for April 2 if legislators didn’t meet those demands.
The article goes on to state the following:
Earlier this month, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that raises teachers’ salaries by an average of $6,100. It also gives $1,250 raises for support staff and adds $50 million in education funding.
After educators asked for additional funding, school districts across the state were closed for the past nine days as thousands of educators marched to the Capitol to lobby for what they wanted.
On Thursday, the OEA announced that it had polled its members and learned that 70 percent were not sure if any additional funding would be found even if the walkout continued.
“We need to face reality. Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol and spilling out onto the grounds of this Capitol for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday,” OEA President Alicia Priest said.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished, but truthfully there’s no one left to negotiate within the statehouse,” said Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers.
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