Walkout Not Just About Pay Raise, Tulsa Teacher Says - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Walkout Not Just About Pay Raise, Tulsa Teacher Says

Posted: Updated:
SAPULPA, Oklahoma -

We are less than two days away from a School Shutdown across Oklahoma.

One Tulsa teacher working two jobs in order to make ends meet said he's grateful for the recent pay raise but he doesn't think it's enough for education funding and will be joining hundreds of others at the capitol on Monday.

3/31/2018 Related Story: Bartlesville Teachers Gear Up For Monday

Even with the signing of the new bill to raise teacher pay, Rick Meacham, a teacher who also works at Kens Pizza, said the fight for education funding is far from over.

Meacham sees several customers a day, as a server at Ken's Pizza but he isn't a server by trade. He's a full-time elementary school Physical Education teacher who works two jobs to make ends meet. 

"There's days you're just exhausted from your school day, and then you know you have to go change and put on your work face to go back to another job," Meacham said. 

He said even with the new raise, he will continue his job as a server. 

"It wasn't just about the raises it was about the whole package," he said. 

Thursday, lawmakers agreed on an average teacher raise of at least 15 percent and a $50 million increase in education funding. Many teachers say that's not enough. 

So, on Monday, Meacham and hundreds of other teachers will walk out, prompting some schools to shut down. 

"You're starting to rob from the kids because you can't produce the product that you need with the money that you've taken away. So, I believe that's why the walkout is still planned," said Meacham

He said he's thankful for the raise he and other educators will get next year but he wants classrooms fully funded. 

"We appreciate what you've done, but we need more," he said. 

Meacham is still encouraging parents, teachers, and students to call their legislators, demanding more be done for education funding. 

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Special Features

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Health News

Find the latest health headlines & videos, plus get tips for healthy living.

Home & Family

Get ideas on spending more time with your family & improving your home life.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • 6 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.