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Educators remain solid in resolve during day 7 of Oklahoma teacher walkout

Educators remain solid in resolve during day 7 of Oklahoma teacher walkout”

While at some point, AFT said they planned to leave the Capitol, for now, they plan on continuing to fight for funding in an effort to bring schools up to modern, decent standards and to give children a bright future. "Everything is in their corner". Oklahoma teachers have been off the job for six school days-and counting.

Senate Floor Leader Greg Treat, a key negotiator on the budget, said union leaders are shifting their focus.

A group of teachers marched over 100 miles from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, where the state capitol is.

As Oklahoma teachers go into their second week of protest, she said the stakes are higher for them.

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However, Republicans in the State House of Representatives don't appear to be listening.

Fallin has faced the brunt of criticism from teachers, many of whom blame the term-limited governor for supporting tax cuts and generous state subsidies for businesses that have led to declines in state funding for schools and other state services.

This week, the Oklahoma Education Association is asking Governor Mary Fallin to veto the repeal of a hotel/motel tax that was part of the $447 million tax increase signed into law last week.

Hundreds of schools closed Monday as teachers demanded $150 million more to replace dilapidated, decades-old textbooks and fund elective courses.

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The $5-per-night lodging tax for hotels and motels would generate about $50 million annually.

Oklahoma is one of eight states that has some sort of preferred tax treatment of capital gains, among them Oklahoma neighbor Arkansas, according to Scott Drenkard of the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank that promotes simple and transparent tax policies.

While thousands of students remain out of school indefinitely, OEA President Alicia Priest made clear what she thinks lawmakers must do to end the teacher walkout.

Sharica Cole, Ben Franklin Science Academy staffer, said she felt enthused by the show of support. "We urge educators statewide not to allow our united efforts to be compromised by continued calls for action that deprive students, parents and communities of the educational services we provide". Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems.

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