500 Moore Public School teachers continue walkout as classes resume in the district
MOORE, Okla. (KOKH) —
Despite being told to come back to school by administration, not every teacher at Moore Public Schools did.
Moore Public Schools, the state's third largest school district, called for students and teachers to return to the classroom on April 12 following eight days of a teacher walkout for more education funding.
School officials tell FOX 25 that 500 teachers in their district did not come to class on Thursday. The district brought in 92 substitute teachers and made up some of the remainder with school support staff.
At a town hall-style meeting in Moore Wednesday evening, teachers expressed their frustrations to Superintendent Robert Romines. He tried to explain the reasoning behind the call to reopen schools Thursday and said he believed survey results indicating support for the walkout were skewed.
Dozens of district employees, parents and students told Romines they still planned on walking out Thursday. More than 50 teachers and students from the district marched to Capitol. Teachers at the district, like Pre-AP Biology Teacher Morgan Myers at Moore High School, said they still support those walking out.
"If they wanted to be gone today and I have to cover on my part because their are not enough substitutes, that's fine. I would love for them to carry our voice to the Capitol," Myers said.
A number of students also did not show up to the school on Thursday, but the district did not have exact statistics.