Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is thanking the thousands of teachers who have been gathering at the state Capitol for over a week.

State lawmakers have approved almost $450 million in new taxes and other revenues to help fund teachers' raise pay and boost other education spending since the walkout began on April 2, but the union is pushing for more action to raise overall spending by $600 million each year.

Public schools serving more than half of the state's 700,000 students were closed on Monday, including those around Tulsa and Oklahoma City. We are priveleged in Oklahoma to have the Teachers that care the way you do.

Educators have no plans to end the walkout until their demands are met. Oklahoma's push for education funding is part of a wider trend in conservative states, with teachers in Arizona, West Virginia, and Kentucky asking for better pay. Authorities said she surrendered to the Clinton Police Department.

Lawmakers also had blocked a union request to approve a bill to remove a capital gains tax exemption that educators said could bring an extra $100 million to state coffers.

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A major cause of budget strain comes from tax breaks Oklahoma granted to its energy industry, which were worth $470 million in fiscal-year 2015 alone.

McDugle said he had voted to increase teacher funding once already, but wouldn't vote to do it again.

The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Oklahoma's inflation-adjusted per student funding fell by 28.2 percent between 2008 and 2018, the biggest reduction of any state.

Opponents of the tax rises say lawmakers could bolster education spending by cutting bureaucracy and waste rather than raising taxes.

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