Oklahoma teachers, supporters continue second week of walkout

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Many districts from across the state of Oklahoma still remain out as a the teacher walkout continues into day 8.

They already won pay raises of about $6,100, but many educators say their classrooms need more money.

Ducey is sticking with his plan to slowly boost school funding, promising a 1-percent teacher raise and $100 million in funding for districts this year as a start to restoring almost $400 million in cuts.

Here are some ways they did it.

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Employees packed ice chests that typically carried premade peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese sandwiches, apples and oranges, and milk or water.

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"We will notify the public no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday (today) of plans for the following day", Miami Superintendent Jeremy Hogan posted on the school's Facebook page. The district has served almost 17,000 sack lunches just this week at more than 30 sites including community centres, city parks and churches. He says if the teacher walkout is still ongoing after state testing, the district may decide to participate again.

Group activities there ranged from ballet lessons and study sessions to hula-hooping to Taylor Swift and playing Uno. "To keep kids safe and engaged, and to ensure their nutritional needs were met". "The time is coming, we need to make this happen and that mean you've got to get things in place". "At some point it's going to impact our salaries". They've spent time at their local library, and they were planning to see the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which honours the 168 victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

The Republican-controlled state legislature had defended these tax cuts, saying it would help create growth. Later, they scrambled around the playground and its jungle gym as teachers looked on and chatted with parents.

Jordan Roach, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Stillwater's Skyline Elementary School, listened to an interesting proposal Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol. "But, for me, we have signed the budget, the governor has signed the budget and the budget for education is done this year", said Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah.

Oklahoma teachers continued to strike into their second week on Tuesday. "They're broken and they literally hurt the kids to sit down". The first matches are set for this weekend.

Luther Public Schools planned to return on Wednesday.

Evans estimated that out of the roughly 100 soccer coaches signed up for this season, at least 70 are teachers.

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"I think this is something that people are missing when they speak of the expense of when English language learners come to America and we have to teach them to speak English", said Danielle Terrio, an elementary school teacher who grew up in a bilingual household - speaking sign language and English.

While the Legislature pumped some more money into education last week, educators said it was not enough to make up for the last decade.

Other states, including West Virginia and Kentucky, have seen teacher strikes or protests this year as the education community revolts against years of cuts and lower spending. However, with statewide exams and limited staff, most teachers are still in the classroom.

Two seniors said they'd even be okay with not graduating.

Latairrius Williams watched as his school-age sister and brother got their lunches.

Many education professionals say bilingual schools are critical to integrating immigrants.

"I hate being away from my students, but I also love them enough to know that they are the reason why we are doing the walkout".

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