He said the pay raise Gov. Fallin signed into law is a "significant gain" and walking out could put the district at risk of losing community support. And what's largely getting lost in all the furor over teacher raises, she said, is that education funding has suffered for years in Oklahoma.
After months of gridlock and failed deal-making, the Oklahoma House and Senate have passed a almost $450 million tax package created to fund raises for teachers and avoid statewide school closures.
To fund a raise for teachers, state senators will consider a measure that would be the "first major tax increase in a quarter of a century", according to Reuters. The association is calling for almost $1.5 billion in increased spending over three years. Due to these cuts, 20 percent of the Oklahoma's schools have been forced to adopt a four-day schedule. It is the largest teacher pay raise in the history of the state.
Oklahoma teachers, who have not had a raise since 2007, have set a statewide walkout Monday to pressure lawmakers.
OEA leaders say teachers are grateful for the pay increases approved by the Legislature, but they were never more concerned about themselves than they are about the devastating effects of deep state funding cuts since 2009 on students. At the same time, OEA and AFT officials are boosting illusions that lobbying the legislators after teachers return to school will bear fruit.
"This is a very historic moment in Oklahoma's time", said Fallin at the bill signing Thursday.
Saying that teachers like herself have been "begging" for more funding for the past ten years, she said that legislators only passed this bill to make teachers look bad.
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Oklahoma teachers are fighting for more than raises for teachers. "Thereafter, on Tuesday school will resume while we work to get more funding for education and supporting candidates that will fully fund education". "This isn't where we need to be'". "The school funding portion was quite a bit less than we asked for".
Both teachers said they're passionate because they believe in their students.
Rank-and-file teachers rejected the claims of "historic" victories and took to the Oklahoma Teachers United page to post their opposition.
Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater told News 4 opponents to the repeal have questions as to how the revenue will be replaced should the repeal be signed into law. "This is not just about raises, it is about restoring funding!"
Families with school-aged children impacted by the teacher walkout - regardless of income level - have the opportunity to shop for food once every two weeks until school is back in session. "If they walk out we will suspend classes". But, that won't be enough to avert a planned teacher walkout next week.
More experienced classroom teachers would receive an even larger raise based on years of service and their certification. "Teachers are in the profession because they want to be and feel a calling to their work".
Folks said the Legislature has plenty of money or additional taxes that could be levied to fund education.