Oklahoma teachers want more money but Republicans say no

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9434375a) Edmond school counselor Wendy Joseph, left, cheers with other supporters of the teacher pay raise during a rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma educators frustrated with low pay and another round of proposed cuts to public schools are mulling an organized walkout to get lawmakers' attention Oklahoma Teachers Walkout, Oklahoma City, USA - 12 Feb 2018

The more these teachers whine and demand more, the more I say fire them all. They sit on their butts, working 180 days of the year.

Although the strike is in its 10 day, Republican leaders warned they plan no further increases after approving $450 million in new revenue to boost teacher pay.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa, remained closed the day after Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed into law two bills that raised taxes but fell short of teachers demand for another $150 million.

But the state’s largest union which represents 40,000 teachers, says the governor and lawmakers keep closing the door on revenue options when Oklahomans are asking for a better path forward.

This strike is part of a wave of actions by teachers in states that have some of the lowest per-student spending in the country. A West Virginia strike ended last month with a pay raise for teachers, and educators in Arizona are also expected to protest on Wednesday, without skipping classes, to seek enhanced school funding.

Governor Fallin has already approved legislation that would raise teachers’ wages by an annual average of $6,100, but teachers are holding out for a $10,000 raise over three years and other increases in school funding. I still say they aren’t worth that much, not to mention the poor quality of teachers we have now.

Fallin signed a bill on Tuesday aimed at expanding revenues from Native American casinos and one that will raise about $20 million from internet sales taxes, her office said in a statement. Fallin also approved a bill that repealed a hotel tax, a measure that teachers wanted vetoed.

A non-partisan poll released on Friday showed 72 percent of voters in Oklahoma, where teacher’s pay is near the bottom among U.S. states, supported the walkout.

Jessie ----

Just a conservative, fed up with all the political run around in congress

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