Oklahoma bill would prevent school districts from organizing another shutdown

Oklahoma bill would prevent school districts from organizing another shutdown

Supporters of teachers wave at passing cars from an overpass at the state Capitol during a teacher's rally in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 2, 2018. Thousands of Oklahoma teachers and supporters descended on the state Capitol on Monday to demand more education funding as schools closed for the demonstration. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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."

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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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