• Oklahoma bill would prevent school districts from organizing another shutdown

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A bill introduced in the Oklahoma House of Representatives would be a blow to school districts’ ability to organize another teacher walkout protest.

    House Bill 2214, written by Rep. Todd Russ (R-District 55), would make it illegal for “the board of education or school district employee…to strike or threaten to strike or otherwise close schools or interfere with school operations as a means of resolving differences with the board of education, the State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Legislature or any other public official or public body.”

    READ: Full text of House Bill 2214

    It also states that those participating “in a strike, shutdown or related activities,” would be denied pay during the time of the “violation” and would have their State Board of Education-issued certificate “permanently revoked.”

    Last week, state Sen. Mark Allen, (R-District 4), introduced a Senate bill to require large groups to post a $50,000 bond before protesting at the state Capitol building.

    Neither bill has yet to be taken up for a vote.


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