Teacher's union ends walkout, switching focus to elections

  • Teacher's union ends walkout, switching focus to elections

Teacher's union ends walkout, switching focus to elections

KFOR-TV reports Moore Public Schools held an emergency meeting Wednesday night because teachers were angry with their superintendent's decision to resume classes.

Opinion studies revealed it'd garnered support among Oklahoma voters, a number of whom'd seen how students go to a in-state school week to conserve districts income and at educational institutions had to share school school and outdated textbooks.

Crooked Oak High School English teacher Amanda Jeffers says she was inspired to run by the education movement, even though she acknowledges an uphill battle against a well-funded Republican incumbent. "Just like we've been telling people to run for office". "Some of them haven't shown up at all or they hide". "I think it's going to grow". They're laughing at us after we leave in the afternoon.

Lawmakers, meanwhile, have complained the demands became increasingly muddled and varied as the walkout lengthened. He was referencing the holiday made famous by an episode of television sitcom "Seinfeld".

Priest said OEA has been surveying its members since last week and that 70 percent of members doubted that continued efforts would enact legislative change needed.

Treat said that the state's largest teacher's union was continually moving their end goals. TPS paid all of its support employees through April 6, but more than 500 didn't get paid this past week, which didn't sit well with their union leader. The Oklahoma Education Association is a lawfully recognized labor organization and can advocate for whatever they want. The average Oklahoma teacher made $44,921 a year ago, according to the state Department of Education.

Math teacher Shawn Sheehan was Oklahoma's 2016 teacher of the year. For example, certified teachers with 25 years experience could see their pay increase by almost $8,000 to top out at $51,232, according to a budget analysis.

The OEA called on educators, support staff and parents and citizens who support public education to turn their attention toward elections this November. Previously, they had walked out in solidarity with educators. "I think it's abysmal the way that we have failed to fund our state services".

In a statement, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small said he's "glad" educators received a pay increase.

"We've been passive in allowing our situation to be what it is because our concentration has always been on our students in front of us and not on the broad picture around us", said Haskell Elementary School Principal Scott Bein.