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Tulsa educators consider marching to Oklahoma City during teacher walkout: The Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association and Tulsa Public Schools are considering leading a 110-mile march from Tulsa to Oklahoma City in what would be the second week of a potential teacher walkout. A TPS teacher posted a poll on the education activism Facebook group “Oklahoma Teacher Walkout — The Time Is Now!” trying to gauge interest. TPS and TCTA officials confirmed that the post was accurate and said a march is being considered [Tulsa World]. Community leaders in Tulsa are hoping to fill the school services gap during the walkout with a coordinated effort [Tulsa World].
Lawmakers Discuss Teacher Pay Raise Plan Featuring Mix of Old, New Ideas: With little time to act, lawmakers are discussing a new plan to keep teachers in the classroom. The new plan takes many of the ideas lawmakers have voted on in the past, but there’s one big difference — increasing the gross production tax to 5 percent [KOCO]. The Majority Floor Leader in the House says it’s still possible to avoid a teacher walkout next month [Tulsa Public Radio]. Oklahoma has many good options to resolve the teacher walkout [OKPolicy].
Oklahoma Teachers’ Real Take Home Pay Has Shrunk for 10 out of the past 11 Years: Most of the discussion on teacher pay in Oklahoma compared to other states has focused on the total compensation of teachers, since that’s what is typically used when making comparisons across states. However, in some ways that number actually overstates how Oklahoma’s teachers are faring by combining the take-home salary of teachers with the fringe benefits that pay for teachers’ health insurance [OKPolicy]. As Oklahoma teachers plan to follow West Virginia in walkout, they confront a funding crisis that’s much worse [OKPolicy].
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