Teacher walkout ends as OEA announces plan to shift focus

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma teacher walkout that started on April 2 will end this week, according to the Oklahoma Education Association president.

OEA President Alicia Priest made the announcement during a news conference from Oklahoma City on Thursday.

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“After that decade of cuts, we have secured nearly half a billion dollars in new revenue for education in just the last few weeks. The presence and persistence of Oklahoma educators and supporters have brought the largest pay raise in state history to teachers, a line item pay raise for support professionals, for only the second time in history, and $70 million in recurring revenue for classrooms,” Priest said.

Priest said the organization has been polling membership since April 2 and reported that 70 percent of respondents were unsure continuing the walkout would lead to more achievements of OEA’s “Together We’re Stronger” campaign goals.

OEA is calling on school districts to send lobby teams to the state Capitol next week to continue working toward more education funding.

The group is also turning its focus to the upcoming elections this year. It intends to support candidates who will champion education.

Watch the news conference here for more details:

OEA NEWS CONFERENCE

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Posted by FOX23 News on Thursday, April 12, 2018

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