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Oklahoma teacher walkout rolls into day nine

Oklahoma teachers pack the Capitol rotunda April 3 on the second day of the teacher walkout. (KOKH/Shardaa Gray)

The Oklahoma teacher walkout hit day nine as education supporters continued to gather at the state Capitol.

Several districts opted to call teachers back to the classroom Thursday, including the state's third largest district. But teachers and the Oklahoma Education Association continue to rally lawmakers for more education funding.

The ninth day of the walkout saw the second day of candidate filing. On Wednesday, 458 candidates filed for office, the highest number since the election board began keeping records in 2000.

The OEA continues to ask supporters to lobby against the following:

  • SB 1398 and SJR 70
  • HB 1044xx
  • HB 1046xx

The OEA says that SB 1398 and SJR70 would put the burden on local communities for building and operating funds. HB 1044xx would use the Commissioners of the Land Office fund to pay $500 per classroom. The OEA says that each classroom would only get $45. HB1046xx would consolidate superintendents in counties with less than 400,000 people. The OEA says this eliminates local control and wouldn't save much money in the long run.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives quickly adjourned for the week after a floor session that lasted over an hour and didn't address any funding related bills. The House is back in session at 1:30 p.m. April 16.


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