One Week Away From Possible Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

Monday, March 26th 2018, 5:06 am
By: News On 6

We are now just one week away from a possible statewide teacher walkout, if Oklahoma lawmakers can't come up with a plan to give teachers raises.

If lawmakers don't reach a deal by April 1st, which is Sunday, teachers across the state will be walking out of school Monday morning.

The Oklahoma Education Association released a new proposal, that includes more than $905 million for teacher raises.

It includes an increase in the gasoline and tobacco taxes, an alcohol tax, changes in income tax deductions and an increase in the tax on oil and natural gas production from 2 percent to 5 percent.

3/23/2018 Related Story: OEA Unveils $905.7 Million Plan To Avoid Teacher Walkout

Lawmakers were expected to only work a half week this week because of the Easter holiday, giving them three working days to get a plan; however, they said Monday that they are planning to work the entire week and possibly through the weekend on a plan for funding raises for teachers, support staff and state employees.

Special Coverage: School Shutdown

We have complete coverage of the possible teacher walkout on our School Shutdown page. We also have a list of some of the resources available for Green Country families in this story: Teacher Walkout: Resources For Green Country Parents.