Walkout Still On, Say Education Leaders At Tulsa Town Hall

Thursday, March 29th 2018, 9:49 pm
By: Justin Shrair

Oklahoma teachers will get a raise now that Governor Fallin has signed the latest education funding bill.

But education officials, like the OEA, say that's not nearly enough and they still plan on walking out come Monday.

So students, parents, and even teachers want to know what's next.

On Thursday night, they packed Tulsa's Memorial High School to hear from the OEA, TCTA, and other groups.

It was an emotional evening as we are just 4 days from the walkout. 

Hundreds of people packed into the school all with one objective, to support public education.

Many teachers said they are grateful for the raises they'll get through the funding bill but say more needs to be done. 

"It is a step it is a start and that's what we want to say thank you for starting the race but let’s finish the race," said TCTA Vice President Shawna Mott-Wright.  

"This could make history this could change teachers lives, and also it could help us get the funding that we need for schools," said Senior Allayah Bunch. 

But educators say raises are just a small part of the pie and have more demands before they back off their planned Monday walkout. 

They want to see more funding, smaller class sizes, and less teacher turnover, which they say will benefit students. So as for now, the walkout is still on.

Oklahoma teachers intend to make their voices heard. 

"Teachers, parents, community leaders all across the state will converge at the capitol and we will walk to make sure that our children get everything,” said OEA President Alicia Priest.  

"We will walk until we get what we need," said Mott-Wright.