Oklahoma middle school teacher confesses to raping student

Posted April 11, 2018

School districts throughout the state have closed, including in large cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City, KFOR reports.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last month granting teacher pay hikes of about $6,100 and providing tens of millions of new dollars for public schools, but many educators say classrooms still need more money.

Teachers went on strike last week after lawmakers passed a funding package that offered only about $50 million for schools, where students have grappled with outdated, crumbling textbooks and shortened weeks, and many teachers have been forced to pay for school supplies out-of-pocket for years-even as they're paid some of the lowest education wages in the country.

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Suzie Buck has been retired from a 22-year career as a speech pathologist with the Muskogee school district but she still considers herself a solid supporter of teachers and education.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the testing window will be extended by one week for grades 3 through 8 general assessments and grade 11 science assessments.

"We are here today to rally support, not just for our teachers in the area, but for teachers across the state who have walked out of the classroom", Cole said.

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"If it's one more day or two more days or a week or whatever it is, were here", said Edmond teacher Robin Sheetz. Governor Matt Bevin and the state legislature are slashing retiree benefits as they reduce taxes for corporations and the wealthy. That ignited protests in other Republican-led states, including Kentucky and Arizona.

Thousands of teachers packed into the state Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to remove a tax exemption on capital gains that would bring in another $100 million in revenue. Daisy, who teaches in Edmond, told the World Socialist Web Site, "There were way more people than have ever been here since it started". "So, we're going to continue doing what's best". "This has proved why we have stayed in Oklahoma: the community has helped us".

Some teachers walked 15 miles Monday to get to Oklahoma City. They are requesting a $10,000 pay raise over three years.

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"We've always shown a roadmap forward, and the Legislature has had all the opportunities to make the votes and pass the funding", Priest said.