OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma public school teachers strike ended Thursday, but most tax-financed schools in the Sooner State will not resume classes until next week.
Superintendent Jeremy Siebert said they now are doing everything they can to make sure their schools are secure, but with only one School Resource Officer for the district, he thinks select teachers carrying firearms is the best option.
"We need to get parents and students here on Monday, so we can pair them up with every single one of you guys so that when we go in that office they can see the way we're being treated, the way we're talked to and the way they're refusing to address our problems", said Morejon.
On Thursday, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association also announced that state employees will no longer participate in the strikes.
He says some teachers intend to stay off the job until the Legislature approves more funding.
The move came after the Republican-dominated legislature passed its first major tax hikes in a quarter century that raised about $450 million in revenue for education. But teachers said that wasn't enough. And when they would vote on education measures, or even try to bring them up, they were voted down. The Francis Howell, Parkway, and Pattonville school districts are opening up worksite clinics for their teachers and staff to provide them with easier access to health care.
Although the walkout is over, some Oklahoma teachers have been inspired and have taken it upon themselves to run for state House and Senate seats.
"We had solidarity. And then we would go in the capitol".
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"We need to face reality", Priest told reporters. If your district is open, please send your delegates to the Capitol ...
"We teachers started this movement. OK?"
Oklahoma's largest teachers union has called for an end to a statewide walkout, 11 days after it began.
Virgin's post has been shared more than 1,400 times. Some state officials were also concerned about meeting deadlines for standardized tests.
Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association, said the industry supported an increase in education funding, but should not have been made to shoulder the burden.
A Clinton High School teacher is one of 10 educators nationwide to receive a classroom technology grant from Turning Technologies.
"It's just really hard to be gone and we are always conscientious of what our students are missing when we are not there and how that's going to impact them", Coil said. They reiterated their want for lawmakers to pass the bill ending some exemptions on capital gains taxes.