It looks like the defiant spirit that caused teachers in West Virginia to strike for a higher income and better health care coverage could be spreading to Oklahoma.
The underlying issue in Oklahoma is teachers' pay, according to Tulsa World. Although Oklahoma teachers have been lobbying the state legislature for a pay raise, the most recent bill that could have achieved that result — which it would have done by giving them a $5,000 annual pay increase — was defeated last month, according to the local news affiliate News 4. By Sunday, thousands of people were sharing a post on Facebook from an account called Oklahoma Teachers United which declared a strike and argued that "we've just received word that superintendents across the state have met and they intend to support" their protest, according to News 4. The network spoke with a representative from the Oklahoma Education Association who claimed that the individual behind the Facebook post is not affiliated with their organization.
"Nobody wants to see this but, like I said before, teachers are tired of being hushed. They’re tired of their voices not being heard, and they’re tired of empty promises. Drastic measures are sometimes what it comes to," Tulsa teacher Teresa Danks, who has created a petition advocating a teacher walkout, told News 4.
Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC. MORE FROM Matthew Rozsa
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