Frustrated Okla. educators mulling organized walkout

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma educators frustrated with low pay and another round of proposed cuts to public schools are mulling an organized walkout to get lawmakers’ attention. Momentum was spurred this week when hundreds of residents packed a school board meeting in Bartlesville, about 45 miles north of Tulsa. Administrators are gauging support from residents and other districts for a statewide walkout.

The Oklahoma House passed a bill Monday to further cut public schools after lawmakers failed to reach a deal on tax increases that would have given teachers a $5,000 pay raise. Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest-paid in the U.S.

Organizers hope to replicate the success of a fourday teacher strike in 1990 that led to tax increases to fund a broad range of education initiatives in Oklahoma.