Apr 03 2018
Like teachers around the country, Oklahoma educators spend a good portion of their meager paychecks helping students pay for lunches, field trips and supplies.
Tens of thousands of teachers are expected to return Tuesday morning to the Capitol this morning in the second day of the statewide teacher walkout.
On Monday, teachers and their supporters packed the Capitol and marched in the longest picket line in the history of the Capitol.
Teachers in the USA states of Oklahoma and Kentucky are protesting over a range of issues from funding to benefits.
Last week, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that would increase average pay by about $6,000 - which would mark the state's first tax increase since 1992, and the first across-the-board raise for teachers since 2008.
The next red state to join the protest movement could be Arizona, where there is an open Senate seat and where thousands of teachers gathered in Phoenix last week to demand a 20 percent pay raise and more funding for schools.
Teachers in West Virginia already made big gains after they went on strike last month.
'Oklahoma children deserve better than a legislature that places them at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to education funding, ' the Oklahoma Education Association said on its website. "Funding based on amounts per pupil means most rural schools with small yearly cohorts struggle to afford staff and basics for education".
Laurissa Kovacs, a fourth-year teacher, posted the photo on Facebook and explained her reasoning for walking out for higher pay.
"This isn't just about salaries or money", she says. The efforts of teachers in that state led to Gov. James C. Justice signing a bill to give teachers a 5 percent raise after their statewide strike lasted nearly two weeks. The school board in Mansfield City, Ohio, a year ago tightened its policy, requiring the devices be turned off and out of sight in classrooms unless the teacher says otherwise. "It was frustrating", Teacher Tom Brennan of Poteau High School said.
"The votes are in and it's an education funding cut for another year and another broken promise". "In 2015, the latest year for which comprehensive spending data are available from the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 states were still providing less total school funding per student than they were in 2008".
A rebellion is sweeping across the United States as teachers take a stand for better working conditions. Other signs included, "My class size 40-45" and "When we value our teachers, we value our children".
In Frankfort, Kentucky, teachers and other school employees chanted "Stop the war on public education", during a rally at the Capitol Monday. "What they're being told is 'Take what you got last Monday and go home.' But they know, and you and I know, that's not enough. More funding" as thousands more waited to get inside.
"I want to support the teachers, and understand it, but it creates hardship on many parents", Laura Hale said. Lily Eskelen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, seemed to encapsulate perfectly what Oklahoma educators were getting themselves into at the beginning of her speech.
"We're madder than hornets, and the hornets are swarming today", said Claudette Green, a retired teacher and principal.
As for Claflin, she believes their demands should be a no-brainer for state leaders and Prince feels they shouldn't give up until they're heard.
"If I didn't have a second job, I'd be on food stamps", said third-grade educator Rae Lovelace, who spoke to the Associated Press.
Apr 03 2018
Dissecting the defenses of the Final Four teams
The former said: "If we weren't making shots, I think we would have grinded that game out and won it by one or two possessions". The game-day attire for MI coach John Beilein is more reflective of his team's emphasis on old-school fundamentals and defense.
Apr 03 2018
Wolverines, Wildcats, Play for National Title
Villanova is the best team in the country in offensive efficiency numbers, MI ranks third-best nationally on the defensive front. During Villanova's 10-game winning streak, they've 13 or more treys in seven of those games and been below eight just once.
Apr 02 2018
Notre Dame's comeback largest in Women's National Championship Game history
Most of the Mississippi State team ended up in Victoria Vivians' hotel room watching the rowdy end of the Notre Dame-UConn game. William will be most remembered for her game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper to beat UConn in last year's national semifinals.
Apr 02 2018
Up to 4 inches of snow expected
No fooling around - April snow absolutely happens in New Jersey! Temperatures plummet to below average readings over the weekend. Winter weather advisories are posted for the entire area to highlight the likelihood of some unwelcome April snow this morning.
Mar 31 2018
No Joke Snow In The Forecast
Engineering works on various train lines won't help the stress induced by attempting to make the most of the four-day weekend. Flood alerts have been issued for the south Cornwall coast across Sunday evening's high tides.
Mar 29 2018
Tiger softball team seeks faster start, more wins in 2018
The two-out homer from Danehower (2-for-3) to center was the first of two earned runs against Live Oak pitcher Lindsey Rizzo. The Panthers (10-8-1, 1-0) will also continue district play as the team will hit the road to face La Vernia at 6 p.m.
Mar 29 2018
Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and Safety Fair return Saturday
While juveniles over 12 will be unable to participate in the Easter egg hunt, Johnson added family members are urged to attend the event.
Mar 28 2018
Apple hopes to regain ground in U.S. classrooms
Together with keen teachers, these apps have the potential to change the way students learn, and even what they carry to school. One of the most noteworthy features of Apple's new education-focused 9.7-inch iPad is its support for the Apple Pencil .
Mar 27 2018
After the March for Our Lives: What Happens Next?
Katko earns an "A" on the NRA scorecard and has accepted a total $11,900 over three years from the NRA political action committee. One of the demands we heard for our "get tough" legislation was that there should be mandatory minimums for child sex offenders.
Mar 26 2018
Sunday's temps on cooler side, snow showers possible
The snowy conditions come on the heels of relatively mild temperatures in the Midwest, The Weather Channel reported. Ahead of that low, precipitation will spread from west to east across North Carolina during the day Saturday .
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