Thousands of teachers and public workers from across Kentucky flocked to the state Capitol on Monday morning to protest potential budget cuts to public education and the passage, last week, of a controversial package of changes to the state's public pension system that teachers had opposed.
Just as Priest and others were speaking, the Oklahoma City School District announced it was canceling classes on Tuesday, apparently in anticipation that teachers will continue their walkout at least another day.
Demands made by the state's largest teacher's union include increasing school funding by $200 million over three years and raising teachers' wages by $10,000.
The measure increased taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil, and gas production to provide the raises.
Supporters say SB 151 is a prudent move to help retire Kentucky's pension debt while opponents say the structural changes will make it more hard to recruit and retain educators in the state. Out of 218 schools that supported the walkout before the bill passed, 91 still supported the teachers' decision to walkout and 22 were only closing for April 2.
"This isn't just about teacher salaries", David DuVall, executive director of OEA told CNN. "I need a new hose and a raise".
Public education and education funding are topics of intense discussion in Stillwater, statewide and nationwide.
National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia spoke to thousands during the rally in Oklahoma, saying lawmakers need to do more.
Until this state's government cares to make enough of an investment, we'll never know how much interest it could pay and how much of a difference quality education could make in the futures of Oklahoma children. In Kentucky, where all 120 county school districts closed over a bill that would hurt their pensions, pay ranks 26th.
Reed's absence comes as lawmakers are voting on a two-year operating budget and a proposal to impose sales taxes on a host of services like auto fix and some home improvements.
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Disrespect for teachers is certainly at play in Republican-controlled states that pay salaries that leave teachers working second, third, and even sixth jobs, but it's not just that.
Stephanie Winkler is president of the Kentucky Education Association, which is the largest teacher's union in the state.
Last month, Education Secretary Damian Hinds pledged to cut teachers' hours and workload in a bid to tackle staff shortages in schools. "They have been after us since July 2017, and it has been very stressful for staff, students and parents".
Brooks was one of hundreds of teachers who boarded a charter bus from Remington Park to the Capitol on April 2.
In Frankfort, Kentucky, teachers and other school employees chanted "Stop the war on public education".
Teachers like Whitewater said lawmakers needed to do more, especially for their students.
The Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Jacob McCleland talked with Rep. Josh Cockroft (R-Wanette) about what he's hearing from teachers in his district and what the next step is for legislators. TEACHERS LEAD! There are 42,000 teachers standing in protest this year and there is a WHOLE STATE of people behind us yelling WALK WALK WALK WALK!
This protest was sparked after Kentucky Republicans passed a pension bill that affected many state employees.
"Our freshman class this year. every year that they've been in school there's been funding cuts". "Kids do a lot of sports here and there is lots of work experience too", said Eagle Arts High School Principal, Ms Gab McIntosh. "I have children in college, so it's a good thing my wife also teaches", he said. "I really believe it's going to get uglier", McVay said.