State Teachers Walkout is Over

State Teachers Walkout is Over

"Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol and spilling out onto the grounds of this Capitol for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday."
And as Kentucky's legislative session wound down this year after a fight over teacher pensions, teachers mobilized to support legislative candidates, and the influential Kentucky Education Association signaled it would turn its attention to the ballot box.

The Oklahoma Education Association said while the legislature passed millions of dollars in education funding, it still fell well short of what the OEA wanted.

School districts for the large part supported the educator walk out.

Updated 3:56 p.m.

In Oklahoma, some rank-and-file educators expressed displeasure on social media that the union was calling off the walkout, and were discussing whether teachers could continue the work stoppage on their own.

A protester holds up a sign during a strike by Oklahoma educators demanding more school funding near the Oklahoma state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., April 9, 2018.

Democrats also are emboldened by a string of four special election pickups from Republicans since 2016, including two victories by Democratic public school teachers.

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Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, which represents educators in Oklahoma City, said the movement could shake up national politics.

In the hours before the announcement, and after the Legislature quickly adjourned until Monday, teachers streamed out of the building trying to figure out what to do next.

Trebor Worthen, a former House member and now a GOP campaign consultant, said the political winds have clearly shifted since 2016 and many incumbents are feeling the pressure. TPS paid all of its support employees through April 6, but more than 500 didn't get paid this past week, which didn't sit well with their union leader. "They've been out for two weeks, and it's time for them to get back to school", Fallin said in a statement.

While numerous teacher candidates were Democrats, some Republican educators also threw their hat in the ring against GOP incumbents they felt weren't supportive enough of public schools.

On Tuesday, Oklahoma Education Association, the union leading the walkout, rolled back their school funding demands.

"There are really times when I want to put a kid in a general class but I'm going 'well golly, there's 40 kids in that class.' I know that they aren't going to get what they need to have", said Everley.

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