Gov. Fallin reacts to end of teacher walkout

Gov. Fallin reacts to end of teacher walkout

Gov. Fallin reacts to end of teacher walkout

"Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday", said president of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) Alicia Priest during a Thursday afternoon press conference, CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV reports.

"If our kids are not allowed to be in school to get an education how do we expect them to excel in life, I mean we can't go on with this forever", Irvin said.

Updated 3:56 p.m.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat says he's met with leadership of the Oklahoma Education Association over the past two days and is trying to negotiate a solution to the walkout, but he says union leaders have been unclear about how much money they want.

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And last week I signed a bill - approved by legislators before the walkout - which allocates $2.9 billion for common education for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which is the largest amount ever appropriated in Oklahoma for K-12 public education and a 19.7 percent increase over this fiscal year's appropriation for public schools.

So far Oklahoma City and Tulsa schools have announced they will also remain closed Friday.

"The big win happened before the walkout started", said Brent Bushey, executive director of the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, which provides administrative services for small school districts.

Trebor Worthen, a former House member and now a GOP campaign consultant, said the political winds have clearly shifted since 2016 and many incumbents are feeling the pressure. "They've been out for two weeks, and it's time for them to get back to school", Fallin said in a statement.

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More than a dozen teachers filed paperwork this week to run for state House and Senate seats, many of them first-time candidates inspired by the teacher walkout that has shuttered schools across the state for a second consecutive week.

Laura and her colleagues from Quapaw Public Schools gather before an evening of picketing. The union is now asking for $25 million more.

A protester holds up a signal in a strike by Oklahoma teachers requiring more college funding near the Oklahoma country Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., April 9, 2018.

It's not OEA leadership arrogance that's given us a walkout, it's the right wing in Oklahoma have turned their back on public education for too long.

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"There are really times when I want to put a kid in a general class but I'm going 'well golly, there's 40 kids in that class.' I know that they aren't going to get what they need to have", said Everley. The legislature did not make any movement towards these demands on Wednesday.

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