• Oklahoma students prepare to join teachers for rally at state Capitol

    By: Sharon Phillips


    Story Highlights

    • Students plan to join teachers Monday morning at the Capitol.
    • A statewide teacher walkout began on April 2.
    • Teachers, students, parents and supporters are lobbying lawmakers for more education funding.

    TULSA, Okla. - As the second week of the Oklahoma teacher walkout begins, students in Green Country are preparing to join their teachers at the state Capitol.

    Educators across the state shut down schools beginning April 2 to protest for better pay and education funding.

    MORE COVERAGE: Oklahoma School Shutdown

    Sam Gertner, a sixth-grade student at Centennial Middle School in Broken Arrow, spent Sunday afternoon making a sign for his favorite teacher to wave on Monday morning.

    He said it is tough to be in school right now with all of the cuts to the education budget. He wants to show support for the teachers who have guided him through school.

    Broken Arrow students will gather on the second floor of the Capitol on Monday morning. They plan to wear school colors and will bring signs that read the names of their favorite teachers.

    Gertner's mother, Robyn, is a teacher at Country Lane Intermediate. She spent several days last week at the Capitol lobbying lawmakers to increase education funding.

    FOX23 will follow the walkout for its duration. Sign up for newsletters for updates sent to your inbox and download the FOX23 News app for breaking news updates.

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