[UNFILTERED] Tulsa Memorial Band Director: "I'm Just Frustrated"
Emotions were mixed after the Oklahoma Education Association announced an end to the Oklahoma teacher walkout on Thursday. Some teachers were left feeling like nothing had been accomplished, despite $70 million in new money going to classroom funding.
House Adjourns Until Monday, Votes Down Measure To Discuss Funding
The Oklahoma state House has adjourned until Monday with no further on education funding, News 9's Aaron Brilbeck reports. There were measures introduced to suspend the rules to discuss capital gains exemptions, minus agriculture, but those measures to discuss failed in the House by a vote of 69-29.
[UNFILTERED] Oklahoma Teachers Chant, "We're Not Leaving!"
Teachers were again at the Oklahoma state Capitol, the ninth day of their statewide walkout. University of Oklahoma journalism professor Mike Boettcher was there as part of the [UNFILTERED] project, a partnership between Boettcher and News 9.
El Reno School District Announces Suspension Of Teacher Walkout
A handful of school districts across Oklahoma have announced an intention to return to class, whether it be Thursday or at the start of next week. One school district in the metro, El Reno Public Schools, posted the announcement on its Facebook page:
Fundraiser Helps Teachers Pay For Gas During Walkout
As the teachers fight for more education funding, many of them are feeling the effects of the walkout in their wallets. Traveling to and from the state Capitol is getting expensive for those who live outside the metro area, but the community is helping ease the burden.
[UNFILTERED]: Young Teacher Feels Inspired Through Walkout
Sarah Massey understands the importance of her role amongst her peers from Eugene Field Elementary in Oklahoma City, even though she has only been teaching for two months. Massey said she decided to stay in Oklahoma after being hired at Eugene Field Elementary. “I think being a new and young teacher, you come in with a lot of hopes and expectations,” she said. “The moment you walk through that door, they’re all crushed.” Sarah Massey stands in her cl...
[UNFILTERED] Oklahoma Teachers Travel to State Capitol to Protest
Public school teachers across Oklahoma made their way to the state Capitol by school bus to march for higher education funding early Monday morning. Teachers at Longfellow Middle School in Norman, Oklahoma, said their priorities are the students’ learning environment and classroom resources. Beth Huddleston was concerned about her students’ ability to learn once the weather warms up in Norman. The school does not have the budget to fix the air conditioning in...
[UNFILTERED] Churches Host Students During Oklahoma Teacher Walkout
Local churches in Oklahoma open their doors to elementary school students during the teacher walkout this week. Public schools across Oklahoma closed April 2-3 as teachers marched at the state capitol for higher education funding, and the strike is planned to continue. Parents needed a place to send their kids during the school day, and churches responded with impromptu with daycare programs. “This is a way to serve the parents,” said Heather Brim, children’s minis...
United Voice: Impact Of Teacher Walkout On Minority Communities Significant
News 9's Jessi Mitchell shows how the teacher walkout is having a greater impact in minority communities. For parents who are single or working more than one job to provide for their children, paying for childcare while school is out simply isn't an option.