Red State Teacher Rebellion Hits Oklahoma And Kentucky

"I try not to cry because it's been a long time coming", said Kimberly Miller, who teaches at Santa Fe High School in Edmond.

It also retweeted support for teachers in Kentucky. She praised the GOP-led Legislature's for approving part of teachers' demands that included pay raises.

Robin Miller, a retired teacher from Bullitt County, said she is anxious that the changes would make teaching less attractive as a life-long career.

They said the bill threatens public education in Kentucky. At least two Kentucky districts were forced to close Friday due to teacher absences.

Oklahoma began arming teachers three years ago.

Budget negotiators in Kentucky unveiled a spending plan Monday that includes increased spending for the main funding formula for K-12 schools. She says it's a history book and the current President in it is George W. Bush. "In addition, the bills provide desperately needed resources for textbooks and support staff who perform vital services for our students", she said in a statement. The spending and taxing proposals cleared the Senate on Monday and now go to the House, which is expected to vote on the measures later Monday.

The State Department of Educations said 95 firearms incidents have happened at Oklahoma schools over the last three years. As has been noted, many Oklahoma public school teachers are among the lowest paid in America and have to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

But some teachers are saying the legislation signed by Gov. Mary Fallin last week was not enough.

Oklahoma City public school officials say campuses will remain closed Tuesday amid ongoing teacher demonstrations for pay raises and more education funding.

Teachers could barely put into words what it was like to step off of the bus and join thousands of other educators at the state capitol.

Hanna, a mother of two, worked a part-time job in December and received a larger paycheck that month than she does as a teacher in a month for the Cache School District, which is located 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. It's a latest in a wave of protests sweeping across the country, led by teachers, who said the future of the public education is at stake.

Schools in almost 27 districts in Oklahoma including three in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Edmond, remained shuttered on Tuesday, and 500,000 of the state's 700,000 public school students saw their classes canceled on Monday, union officials said.

Kentucky's state pension plan is 56 percent funded, according to the Associated Press. And others said they're not sure if they trust lawmakers to keep their promises to continually finance raises and education funding increases. Local districts will pay 62 percent, or $30.2 billion. In Oklahoma City, 70% of public school closed.

Felder: Last week's pay raise of around $6,000 (on average) will do a lot to change Oklahoma's status as one of the lowest paying for teachers.

If Republican lawmakers thought some additional funding for education in the new state budget might soften the anger of teachers over pension changes passed last week, they may be rethinking that idea after Monday. "Remember our name! We don't take defeat!" teachers chanted as they held up signs and walked a circle around the capitol. Most child care centers have been treating the teacher walkout like a snow day or more recently, spring break, when it comes to staffing and activities. But some districts not on break had to cancel classes because of teacher absences. That is a 16 percent average pay increase for teachers. Teachers in the state are not eligible for Social Security benefits.

Numerous striking teachers traveled by the busload to Oklahoma City for a mass rally on the capitol grounds before lobbying legislators in the halls of the statehouse.

"We went up there hoping to send a message, which I know we did, Brennan said". The shortage is acutely felt in places like Edmond Public Schools, which now has more than two dozen positions open in its middle and high schools.

  • Rogelio Becker