Teachers, Students Line Broken Arrow Streets In Protest

Monday, April 2nd 2018, 7:15 pm
By: News On 6

For teachers who didn't make it to Oklahoma City, hundreds rallied in Tulsa to support increased education funding.

Driving along 71st Street in Broken Arrow from Aspen to Memorial Monday morning, the turnout was evident. 

Hundreds of teachers, parents, and students lined the street to rally for increased education funding

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“We are feeling so supported by the community,” said Broken Arrow teacher Stacy Gabel. 

Gabel said they don't want to be here. They're heart-broken they have to be but they will continue to fight for fully funded education. 

"We want the legislation to come back and fund our schools so we have textbooks and laptops and not oversized classrooms," said Gabel. 

These students didn't use the day off to sit home and watch television, they were side by side with their parents and teachers.

"My sign says budget cuts to public ed my entire life … because for ten years there have budget cuts and I'm ten years old," said Fiona Simmons. 

Abigail, Chloe, and Jackson took pride in their signs and each had their own message

"Because I want my teacher to get more," said Abigail.

"My sign says invest in my future and on the back, it says I'm worth it," Chloe said. 

"Mine says I love my teacher, she needs better," Jackson said. 

"I brought my daughter here to teach her how to speak up for her rights. I'm also here with my student and her parents are here to help support us and let us know we're still loved," Tulsa teacher Jana Simmons said. 

Many people said to expect to see them in the same spots out there on Tuesday.