Educators across the state of Oklahoma are threatening to walk out after a decade without a raise.
“We're putting lawmakers on notice. They must work swiftly to follow the law to pass an education budget by April 1st," said Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest in a video on Facebook last week. "If that budget does not include a meaningful pay raise for teachers and support professional, and additional funding to restore cuts to Oklahoma classrooms. OEA calls for statewide school closures, beginning April 2nd.”
The state has the lowest paid educators in the country and teachers say they are sick and tired of being shortchanged.
Emily Wendler, education reporter with StateImpact Oklahoma, discusses the looming strike. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this segment. Don't have time to listen right now? Subscribe to our podcast via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts to take this segment with you on the go.