Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

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Teachers in the Midwestern US state of Oklahoma called off their historic demonstration at the state Capitol Thursday, with their demands for additional public school funding only partially met.

For almost two weeks, thousands of Oklahoma teachers have flooded the state Capitol to advocate for additional school funding, which had been cut on a per-student basis over the past 10 years.

Priest said that Republican senators refused to "move an inch" when it comes to finding more funding for education.

Priest said that while the walkout is ending, their fight for increased funding will continue.

The teacher-led rebellion over low wages and funding cuts has spread from West Virginia to Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

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Several large school districts-including Norman, Enid, and Putnam City-have said they will reopen schools on Monday, while Tulsa Public Schools announced its teachers will return to work on Monday and classes will resume on Tuesday.

The Oklahoma Public Employees Association announced earlier in the day they will end their walkout as well, saying they feel their needs have been ignored by both lawmakers and education advocates.

"We know that it can be expensive to go see a physician and the clinic is going to provide a much more cost-effective solution both for our plan members and for the school district", said Supple.

The Millcreek School district, responded to the massacre by making almost a dozen safety improvements to schools, including but the $1800 worth of miniature baseball bats they ordered got the most attention. We are somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 teachers short of what we need, so we have long-term substitutes.

The decision to end the walkout, which put the state in the national spotlight as thousands of educators converged on the state Capitol each day, proved to be controversial. He denied facilitating the fights and said he thought the students were just being "rambunctious".

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"One of the things that we can take away from the walkout is a lot of the concerns that teachers have on a daily basis are being brought to the Legislature", said Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, who was in his office talking to teachers. But the teachers failed to overturn a capital gains tax repeal, which the governor signed into law Wednesday.

McDaniel will be recognized Friday with an 8:15 a.m. ceremony at the corner of Sonora Drive and Avenida Jalisco, adjacent to the school.

"Hopefully, they give him what he deserves", said Mitchell. He also said where he grew up in the country, "boys do stuff like that".

What followed were two additional days of inaction by legislators and, after nine days of school closures, OEA ended their participation in the teacher walkout.

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