Teachers In Favor Of Protest Shutdown, TCTA Says
BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma - Some Green Country teachers and school districts may cancel classes to protest the state's low teacher pay.
One teacher's organization said it's time to send lawmakers a message.
The Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association said a possible suspension of classes is definitely not something they want to do but they said they're running out of options.
Bartlesville Public Schools was the first to make a move during a Monday night school board meeting where the superintendent asked the board to consider shutting down schools but only if the legislature does not find a way to raise teacher salaries.
It's unclear how long a shutdown would last.
TCTA said many of its teachers are in favor of making this happen in their districts if nothing changes.
Vice President Shawna Mott-Wright said desperate times call for desperate measures, especially when teachers are so frustrated.
"I've never seen such low morale in my life and I'm a teacher's kid. We just feel completely defeated and our profession is one of hope," said Shawna Mott-Wright with TCTA.
Bartlesville's superintendent said they plan to meet next week to further discuss the possibility of a suspension of classes.
The Bartlesville Board of Education has set the next special meeting for next Wednesday night at 5:30 at the Bartlesville Community Center.