Oklahoma teachers vow to stage second day of walkouts

From Reuters - April 3, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of Oklahoma school teachers, including those in the states two biggest cities, were expected to return to picket lines on Tuesday for the second day of strikes demanding state lawmakers do more to shore up public education spending.

A walkout by more than 30,000 educators in Oklahoma, whose teachers rank among the lowest-paid in the United States, forced the cancellation of classes for some 500,000 of the states 700,000 public school students on Monday, union officials said.

Many of the striking teachers traveled by the busload to Oklahoma City for a mass rally on the capitol grounds before lobbying legislators in the halls of the statehouse. They vowed to continue their protests indefinitely.

When our members believe the legislature has committed to funding our childrens future, they will return to the classroom, the Oklahoma Education Association, the states biggest teachers union, said in a statement posted online.

Classes in about 200 of the states 584 school districts were disrupted by Mondays walkout, according to the union.

Schools in the states two biggest cities, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, will remain closed on Tuesday as the walkout extends into a second day, union officials said. The Oklahoman newspaper listed more than two dozen districts expected to be shuttered for the day as well.


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