While state House and Senate members were mostly gone, some teachers sat at tables to write letters to slide under lawmaker doors and notes to post on them.
While the Oklahoma Education Association said the walkout was over for it's members, it's not known if all the teachers will follow the union's lead. So, you've got to bring the experts in, which we've done.
"This person will no longer be allowed to serve in our schools, and we have directed the company that provides substitutes for our classrooms to remove him from the list of available substitute teachers". Shortly before then, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a billraising spending on teacher and support staff pay by $405.5 million.
Earlier Thursday, public employees said they wouldn't walk anymore because lawmakers were exclusively focused on education priorities, not all core services. MS has the lowest average teacher salary ranking - behind Oklahoma - and 16 and 12.4 percent reductions, respectively, in inflation-adjusted salaries and per-pupil spending. And without question, the broader choice between robust education funding and serial tax cuts will be on the ballot in many states this November.
The National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and their state affiliates are doing everything they can to prevent joint action by educators across the country against the bipartisan assault on public education, which has been aided and abetted by the unions.
"Fair and equitable school funding based on student need is fundamental for public schools to ensure every child gets the high-quality education they deserve", AEU president Correna Haythorpe said. "Student learning at schools affected by the strike has been halted for almost two weeks at a critical time in the academic year when federal and state testing requirements need to be completed". The strike, which was initiated by rank-and-file teachers using social media, followed the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, one-day strikes at schools in Puerto Rico and Jersey City, New Jersey, and demands for walkouts by teachers in Kentucky, Arizona and other states. The teacher allegedly struck other kids, too - Kailyn says six children were hit altogether.
Superintendent William Hall said that he had chosen to arm teachers with bats because they "could be used as a tool against an active shooter just like any other item in the immediate room".
"We're no different than we were the day we walked out, honestly, right now", Hernando said.
March 23: OEA unveils $905.7 million plan to avoid teacher walkout. Any reduction in the number of students will cause erosion in the sanctioned strength of teachers, as a headmaster pointed out. Priest said the decision to re-open would be made on a local level.
Superintendent Jeremy Siebert said they now are doing everything they can to make sure their schools are secure, but with only one School Resource Officer for the district, he thinks select teachers carrying firearms is the best option.
The Oklahoma walkout began on April 2 and affected about 500,000 of the state's 700,000 public school students. "Complacency simply can not be allowed any longer".
The union will now turn its focus to 2018 elections, and helping candidates that agree with its education priorities. Bishop said that's because of the conversation leading up to the walkout itself, which she said helped secure revenue in the time it did. "Without the walkout, this wouldn't have occurred".
Teachers in the state held "walk-ins" Wednesday before the start of classes, calling for higher salaries. But he said he's ready to go back to school.
Brennan said she wants to go back to her students. "Now the nation has proof of this", Moy said. "I thought, 'These young kids are just being rambunctious.' I thought they just needed an out".