Kentucky, Oklahoma teachers flood state capitols to demand money for schools


She prayed for their futures.

Robyn Waldrop, a kindergarten teacher from Putnam City Schools, said she must work several jobs, including tutoring and working at a farmers market.

Kelsey Dever, a Daviess County Middle School seventh-grade math teacher, and a group of other Daviess County and Owensboro city educators began their day at 5:45 a.m. when they were shuttled to the Capitol.

Oklahoman teachers received a state-mandated pay raise on Thursday, something that hadn't happened in over a decade.

"There is a disturbing common message: more and more people. are saying, 'I don't know if I can AFFORD to do the world's most important work", Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said in a statement.

The funding raises by $5,000 the pay of teachers beginning their careers, and gives those with 25 years' experience a almost $8,000 raise. They emboldened educators across the country.

In Kentucky, schools in multiple counties have closed for the rally now taking place in the state capital of Frankfort.

Many Oklahoma schools, including the three largest districts, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Edmond, are closed Monday to honor the walkout.

The cuts in Oklahoma also had dire consequences for schools.

For teachers, it wasn't enough. This is still an anti-tax state in many ways, but even the most conservative parts of Oklahoma have been hit hard by school funding cuts, especially in rural communities. According to minimum state salary requirements in Oklahoma, a teacher with a doctorate degree and 25 years of experience could earn a salary of $46,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers demanded a $10,000 raise for themselves and a $5,000 raise for other school workers and an additional $200 million in education funding. About a dozen teachers gathered at the home of Jami Cole, a third-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary, and curled up on a plush sectional sofa and on the carpet, huddling over posters and expertly tracing letters with glitter glue.

"I think the teachers are fully prepared to go all the way through the school year".

"This isn't a new issue", she said. And while this bill would move money from the billionaire's pockets to their own, when it passed. they weren't happy either.

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"I don't see how we could do this just one day".

The Courier-Journal newspaper said that all 120 public school districts in that state were closed although most were already on their Spring break vacation.

Fairview Public Schools Superintendent Craig Church said classes met as usual Monday as a result of the teachers' desire to keep the district open.

Photo Oklahoma educators are holding out for more than the $6,000 per year raise that was signed by the Legislature last week. With the end of Kentucky's legislative session looming, lawmakers returned to the capital Monday to consider new tax legislation and a budget bill that held the potential for further cuts to public education spending.

Cline said Monday's advocacy effort and last week's funding bill are "a good first step, and now we just need to push for more funding in the formula for schools".

"Enough is enough", they chanted, many of them carrying signs telling lawmakers to fully fund their pensions and their schools and threatening that if the legislators failed to do so, the teachers would do everything in their power to remove them from office in elections this November.

These strikes follow a similar nine day protest in West Virginia last month, which resulted in a five-percent pay raise - making it the state's first raise for teachers in almost four years.

"It's just really an ugly time".

"I've helped at food banks, have helped deliver food", he says, standing in the gym with a folder full of overdue bills. "It's going to get a little Western out there".

Sharpe said children are the reason she drove more than two hours to protest in the cold.

She looked down at her creation and tapped the board: "I feel like I have to have a voice for these guys".