Oklahoma public school teachers ended a nine-day strike and will return to their classrooms across the state, having won millions in education funding from state legislators.
Jordan said he didn't see any tax increase measures coming before lawmakers, at least not in the coming days.
The teacher walkout was a huge movement in the right direction, Jenkins said. I suspected they were going to say, 'We are done with the strike.' On Thursday, I went up to the OEA table around noon and asked if they were going to stop supporting the strike.More news: Facebook Doesn't Believe Recent Scandals Will Hurt Its Business
Bolstered by the support they received from parents and community members during the past two weeks, teachers say they have mixed emotions about seeing the walkout come to an end, and they're not done fighting for education funding in other ways. OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley said, "Recent discussions focus exclusively on education funding and exclude public safety, veterans' services, mental health, protective services, or any other state agency services". Fallin signed the repeal of the $5 hotel/motel tax and Republican leadership in the House reiterated their desire to not hear the capital gains exemptions repeal in their chamber. The $450 million tax package increased taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production and aimed to give teachers a roughly $6,100 raise, as well as raises for school support staff and state employees. Despite this, school officials in the state's largest school district announced Friday night that they would open schools Monday morning.
Because education is the one investment that cannot be taken away, one could argue that investing a little more makes sense.
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"We are asking that every district be at the Capitol tomorrow".
"We need to face reality", Priest told reporters. "I feel like it's a cop-out - we have let them win by showing them they can behave however they want and we'll eventually get exhausted and go home". "They don't want to hurt the animals, so they modify their own behavior more".
The Millcreek School district, responded to the massacre by making almost a dozen safety improvements to schools, including but the $1800 worth of miniature baseball bats they ordered got the most attention. Some school districts brought meals to children and volunteers held ballet lessons and study sessions to keep kids occupied, according to the Associated Press.More news: 'Consequences' for Syria strike: Russian Federation