This is the first day back to school for many Oklahoma students following the two-week walkout by Oklahoma teachers. Unfortunately for the teachers, the demand was denied by their governor Doug Ducey despite strike threats that were repeatedly made.
Despite the Oklahoma Education Association calling for an end to the walkout last Thursday, some teachers and supporters returned to the Capitol on Monday.
More marijuana tax dollars doesn't necessarily mean more money for student funding or teacher pay. Galvanized by successful wage hike protests in Arizona and West Virginia, union members expect around 400 teachers to lobby lawmakers for change. According to the National Education Association, Colorado teachers average $US46,000 per year, and rural-based Colorado teachers can make as little as $US30,000. However, teachers said this was not enough and have asked for a $10,000 raise and additional school funding.
Teachers are to meet with lawmakers in the morning and then rally on the Capitol's steps in the late afternoon.
Interim Superintendent Bruce Watkins said the "second-grade student entered the building, put his backpack away and pulled out a knife and struck three students".
Hundreds of teachers across Colorado walked out of class on Monday, and gathered at the state Capitol in a call for action. Just last week, Oklahoma legislature voted to provide an average raise of $6,000 per year to teachers. They want to pay for a boat.
Kentucky teachers are also upset over Bevin's plan to overhaul the state pension system and prevent them from putting accrued sick time toward their retirement.
The chief says he doesn't know if the boy had been bullied or had mental health issues.
It is not a coincidence these movements took place in Republican-led states in which tax cuts take precedence over funding education.
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