Some Oklahoma teachers still at Capitol after walkout comes to an end
- Author: Jon Douglas Apr 17, 2018,
Apr 17, 2018, 10:34
She said her district was not in session on Monday, so she and other parents and teachers used Monday as another day to advocate for more funding. Unfortunately for the teachers, the demand was denied by their governor Doug Ducey despite strike threats that were repeatedly made.
"We need to make sure there is a big tidal wave of big changes in legislatures nationwide so the public school community can spend their time helping kids succeed, not begging or demonstrating for decent pay and adequate school funding", Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement.
Some educators are still expected to lobby today at the Oklahoma Capitol. In 2016, Colorado ranked 46th in the country for average teachers' salary, according to a report by the National Education Association.
Teachers are to meet with lawmakers in the morning and then rally on the Capitol's steps in the late afternoon.
Some teachers told CBS4 they are exhausted of having to take time away from the classroom to rally and fix the numerous issues within public education.
Waddington, who works in the non-profit sector, said she has seen "firsthand" how overcrowding in schools and lack of capital infrastructures and space limits students' access to library time, sports clubs, gym time and even bathrooms.
Hundreds of teachers across Colorado walked out of class on Monday, and gathered at the state Capitol in a call for action.
- Education funding: Colorado effectively has underfunded its schools by $828 million, the CEA says, because the state hasn't kept up with a state constitutional mandate passed last decade to increase funds each year by at least the rate of inflation.
"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", Bevin told reporters Friday.
"I don't want to have to think about those things when I'm thinking about 23 little kids in my classroom", Lewis said.
The success of West Virginia teachers inspired educators in the other states to follow suit.