Educators in Oklahoma and Kentucky could be seen all over social media on Monday as they skipped school or used their spring break vacations to march in protest of changes to their pensions and advocate for more school funding.
The teachers and their supporters were inspired by their colleagues who demonstrated just less than one month earlier in West Virginia. The efforts of teachers in that state led to Gov. James C. Justice signing a bill to give teachers a 5 percent raise after their statewide strike lasted almost two weeks.
Last week, Arizona teachers rallied at the state Capitol in a #RedforEd protest over low pay and low funding from the state.
Why are educators deciding to strike and protest their state governments nationwide? And will teachers in California follow suit? Here’s what you should know.
Schools across Oklahoma shuttered on Monday as teachers demonstrated there, and classrooms were not expected to reopen for at least another day.
Edmond Schools will be closed Tuesday, April 3 due to the statewide teacher walkout. #Oklaed#oklaedwalkout#OKwalk4kids
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