Oklahoma legislators recently approved a $6,100 raise for teachers but this is why educators say they’re still walking out.
In a video describing their plight, one teacher explained. “we originally asked for $300 million. What we got was $50 million. If we take that $50 million and divide it by the 688,000 students we have, that’s $72 a school year, or 43 cents a school day.” He went on to state. “So, if you want to know why we’re still angry, this is why we’re still angry. This doesn’t do diddly. Just like plumbers need good tools, you need good tools for whatever industry you’re in, this will help provide those tools for us. And it’ll shrink out workload so that we can actually so our jobs and reach all out students.”
Another stated, “We’re not done yet. Remember that we wanted not just a pay raise for teachers, by we wanted a pay raise for support staff, and we also wanted to fund education.”
Another stated, “Classroom sizes are too large, our outdated books are falling apart. Classroom sizes are too large, our outdated books are falling apart, and I’m in a classroom that floods every time it rains.”