After Demands Are Rebuffed, Oklahoma Teachers Union Issues New Demand

Lawmakers unsure if new bills in future for teachers

Lawmakers unsure if new bills in future for teachers

Contreras's daughter attends a Tulsa public school, where she is taught in English and Spanish. The food bank is one of several area nonprofits, daycares and businesses that have responded to provide a safety net for thousands of students who've been at home since a teacher walkout began earlier this month, closing many school districts, including Oklahoma's two largest. The other half are non-native Spanish speakers. Judd recalled experiencing funding cuts to the district when she was attending school there years ago. Schools will hit another deadline May 4 for online exams given to students from the sixth grade to the eighth grade. At the same time, their classmates can learn Spanish with help from Latino peers.

A group of 100 teachers began a 110-mile march from Tulsa to Oklahoma City on Wednesday of last week as part of the strike.

"We have had a team of volunteers helping to bring these programs to different sites as they are needed, giving students something a little different to do and helping relieve some pressure on the full-time staff at these sites", he said.

An Oklahoma City teacher is speaking up by claiming the state wide walkout needs to end because teachers have gotten what they asked for.

"I was raised to think of the idea of "the deaf benefit", that it's not a disability".

Terrio said teaching in elementary school had shown her that bilingual students could learn faster than those who stuck to their mother tongue. The illegal encounters allegedly took place inside the teacher's vehicle and her father's detached garage. "You see that and you don't have to sit there and take it, you can stand up and make a difference". Even though the district is back in session, Alexander said, its officials are still in support of their educators advocating for school funding and will not penalize them for traveling to the state Capitol.

Just a week ago, two dozen educators at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa gathered before school to wave signs as parents dropped their kids off.

"The steel workers who are working on the outside of the building at the Capitol didn't work in support of the teachers".

"The first thing I told my principal when I got hired", she said, "is that if we are a third Latino, there should not be just one Hispanic teacher in your school".

As Pratcher noted, teachers need to watch the actions of the politicians, as their words are seem to be receptive enough to the teachers. "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 lawmakers were returning to the state Capitol on Monday as teachers in the state's largest school districts entered a second week of massive demonstrations to demand more education funding. The union leadership has been caught flat footed by the strikes.

Still, teachers are continuing the walkout. "They don't get media attention". "It shouldn't be lost what the Oklahoma teachers have accomplished".

The walk-ins are organized by a recently formed advocacy group called Arizona Educators United. He said it's been a new challenge to balance work and activism.

"Marches in the U.S. have a huge historical legacy", she said.

"If you don't know what they're going to eat for lunch that day, you're not ready", he said.

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