OEA Says Expect Teachers, More Speeches At State Capitol Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) says expect the same thing Tuesday. They have more rally speeches planned, and teachers will be back at the Capitol picketing and talking to lawmakers.
Early Monday morning teachers were marching outside the Capitol. By noon, many had taken their message inside.
“We snuck in before lines got too long so we were able to do the business here in the Capitol,” said Katie Lack, Weatherford teacher.
This group from Weatherford were able to meet with their representative. They wanted to say thanks. But like other teachers, they say they're at the Capitol Monday because it's not enough.
“It's good to see we're all united in that message not just teachers that we want to see students get the education they deserve,” said Laura Nelson, Edmond teacher.
OEA President Alicia Priest said until that happens, they'll keep coming back. “Until the legislature makes a deal that funds our schools."
Priest says the walkout details for Tuesday:
- Walkout will begin at 9 a.m.
- Plans to pack the INSIDE of the capitol
- New demands include: Fix House Bill 1010xx
- Replace $50 million funding hole created by repeal of hotel/motel tax
- Pass the “ball and dice” legislation
- Pass 1013xx which would provide $22 million in revenue
- Pass additional revenue to restore the cuts to Oklahoma classrooms
- Repeal capital gain tax exemption
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