Oklahoma Teachers End Nearly Two-Week Strike

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The state legislature only approved a fraction of that funding demand and teachers made no further progress since last Friday.

On Thursday, Priest said the union will support teachers whether they return to classrooms or not, but that "We recognize that our formal efforts to lobby elected leaders have achieved all that we will be able to accomplish this legislative session". "This fight is not over just because the school bell rings once more and our members walk back into schools".

Many teachers took to social media to criticize the move, saying the education association should have continued to try to convince lawmakers to act.

"We need to face reality", Priest told reporters.

"The last nine days have been the hardest nine days of my career", said Vicki Cooper, who had returned to the Capitol on Friday, where the crowds were significantly smaller and lawmakers had already gone home for their three-day weekend.

Priest said Oklahoma teachers had secured a victory even though the most significant gains were achieved before the beginning of the walkout. They also pressured Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to veto a repeal on a tax on hotel and motel stays, which could have brought in additional state funding, but the governor signed the legislation anyway. But teachers said that wasn't enough.

That might be why the Gallup survey, answered by nearly 500 teachers, also found just 41 percent of teachers found digital devices to be very helpful to education.

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He has denied facilitating the fights and says he thought the students were just being "rambunctious".

Fish reportedly told police he let the students fight so they could be teenagers and get their energy out.

After the teacher walkout came to an abrupt end on Thursday night, many educators feel as though the fight isn't over. "We compliment the school district staff who worked hand-in-hand with us to hold Mr. Knight accountable for his conduct".

"In a separate conversation with police, Fish said, "'The truth is I'm an idiot and wanted to befriend them.

Lyscio said Kohan told him he is confident the school will get the grant, and that means the school could easily get it again in the future.

She also says they may be back in school, but they will continue to make their presence known at the capitol. Priest said that during negotiations with the Oklahoma House and Senate, Senate Republicans refused to "budge an inch" on finding any more revenue. The OEA will be supporting its members and candidates who are running for office during the midterm elections against those who opposed funding Oklahoma's schools.

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