Oklahoma teachers extend walkout to second week

Teachers and supporters of increased education funding fill the second floor of the state Capitol during the fifth day of a walkout by Oklahoma teachers in Oklahoma City Friday

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School districts throughout the state have closed, including in large cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City, KFOR reports.

Many teachers go the extra mile for students. "The new teacher activism - born in West Virginia and spreading to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona - is not a flash in the pan".

For the past week, they marched with agonizing blisters and slept on gymnasium floors on their way to confront lawmakers.

Oklahoma City Public Schools is providing meals to its students at no cost to them throughout the walkout with buses dropping off the sack lunches at various locations, reported CNN affiliate KFOR.

Some of the marchers gave speeches on the steps.

"He was very happy to see us and he took his time with us", she said.

"It's easier to come when you feel valued and we feel valued", Barrett said. There are countless others who we have lost to other careers, other states-and there's no way to quantify the number of potential fantastic teachers that never even gave the profession a chance simply because of the money.

It is all about support for these teachers as they set up camp for an indefinite amount of time.

"My physical suffering is there". And, despite a $6,100 pay raise that Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallon signed into law, the teacher walkouts are still taking place.

Wyandotte teachers are getting ready to to get on the road early tomorrow morning to protest for what they believe in.

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The governor said he's on the side of teachers and is speaking to superintendents and visiting schools. We walked today with my colleagues, teachers and community members.

Hoffman was charged with two counts of second degree rape and one count of facilitating sexual conduct or communicating with a minor by use of technology, authorities said in a news release. But the likelihood for anything greater is small, she said. But the teachers didn't quit. "We've got to get something accomplished".

Along the way, the teachers encountered extreme acts of generosity. "Our Democratic leaders have held sit-ins, tried to close the "terror gap, ' ban bump stocks, as well as bipartisan groups looking at compromises on "no-fly, no buy" measures". I got emergency certified to teach this year and it has been fantastic". How would you like to spend that?' Cody said.

Several years ago, I asked the vice-president of the OEA why they were opposing Reagan administration aid to the Contras in Nicaragua (then ruled by Marxist revolutionaries). I can educate the people around me who don't quite understand what this is all about.

They spent the $1,000 on 14 rooms at an Econo Lodge in Chandler. "How can we get this funding, regardless of where it's coming from?"

He also urged teachers to contact churches or day cares who could handle child care needs.

"We've always shown a roadmap forward, and the Legislature has had all the opportunities to make the votes and pass the funding", Priest said. "This is a true example of why teachers stay in Oklahoma".

Still, teachers are hopeful their efforts will create change.

"We're definitely trending in the right direction", Ducey said. "What are you willing to do for our students?"

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