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US Oklahoma teachers' demands like a 'teenager wanting a better car,' governor says

15:35  04 april  2018
15:35  04 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

‘It Really Is a Wildfire’: Teachers Go on Strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky

  ‘It Really Is a Wildfire’: Teachers Go on Strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky Thousands walked off the job Monday, part of a wave of strikes in red states that has been organized largely by ordinary teachers.Thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off the job Monday morning, shutting down school districts as they protested cuts in pay, benefits and school funding in a movement that has grown in force since igniting in West Virginia earlier this year.

Oklahoma ’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin likened teacher ’s demands for boosting school funding to a “ teenager wanting a better car ” on Tuesday "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better car ." Fallin, a Republican, signed a measure last week raising teachers ’ salaries by about ,100 per

As thousands of Oklahoma teachers marched on the state capitol in Oklahoma City for the second day, Republican Governor Mary Fallin told CBS News that the teachers ’ demands for better pay and more school funding were “kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car .” Last week Gov.

Mary Fallin smiling for the camera: © Provided by Fox News "Teachers want more," Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says of demands for more education spending. "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better car."

Oklahoma's teachers are asking for more education spending than the state can afford, Gov. Mary Fallin insisted Tuesday.

"Teachers want more," Fallin told CBS News in an interview. "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better car."

Fallin, a Republican, signed a measure last week raising teachers’ salaries by about $6,100 per year, while increasing school funds by $50 million – roughly 20 percent of what educators were seeking.

On Tuesday, Fallin followed up by signing a measure to raise the wages of school support staff, such as janitors and teaching aides, by $1,250.

In Kentucky, teachers claim victory as vetoes rejected

  In Kentucky, teachers claim victory as vetoes rejected As Kentucky teachers declare victory after the Republican-dominated legislature overrode vetoes from the state's GOP governor of a spending plan that included new money for education, the question going forward is whether teachers will be able to sustain their momentum into the fall elections when Republicans will try to defend their super majority.FRANKFORT, Ky.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin compared state teachers on strike to teenagers who want a better car . Educators have been on walkout for a third day over low wages and underfunding, despite lawmakers agreeing to meet some demands . “But it’s kind of like a teenager wanting a better car .”

Teachers going on strike to demand a salary increase are like " a teenager wanting a better car " according to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. In addition, teachers are also demanding an increase in state education funding of million in what they say will provide a better deal for the

“I’m pleased to sign this bill that provides a significant increase in spending for our public school system,” Fallin said, according to Fox 25 in Oklahoma City. “I’m hoping this additional funding will result in improved K-12 public school results. Our job as a state is to empower our students, parents and teachers to succeed by setting the bar high and challenging each other to succeed."

Strikes began Monday, as hundreds of Oklahoma schools closed, with many public schools expecting to remain shut for the rest of the week, the Oklahoman reported.

In Kentucky, thousands of educators marched to the state Capitol of Frankfort on Monday to rally for additional funding. Last week, hundreds of Kentucky educators called out sick to protest the state’s last-minute changes to their pension system, which passed the Republican-controlled Kentucky Legislature and would change the pension plan for new teachers, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

In Oklahoma schools, bosses are helping teachers go on strike

  In Oklahoma schools, bosses are helping teachers go on strike Earlier this month, Melissa Abdo visited a class of future schoolteachers - education majors at Oklahoma State University. "How many of you are considering teaching in Oklahoma?" she asked them. "How many of you are considering teaching in Oklahoma?" she asked them.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said teachers on a strike are like ' a teenager who wants a better car '. She said the state's teachers , who walked out This week Oklahoma teachers went on strike - walking out of their classrooms to demand lawmakers approve more funding for things like textbooks

" Teachers want more," Fallin said . "But it's kind of like a teenager wanting a better car ." Fallin made the remarks after she signed a bill giving support staff a Last week, the governor signed a measure that raised teachers ’ salaries by ,100. She also added million to school funding even though

The average starting teacher salaries in Oklahoma and Kentucky are below the national average, at $31,919 and $36,494 respectively. For the 2016-17 school year, the national average was $38,617, according to the National Education Association.

Last week at the Arizona state Capitol in Phoenix, teachers demanded a 20 percent increase in wages, the Arizona Republic reported.

West Virginia teachers earned a 5 percent increase in pay last month after a nine-day walkout

Striking Teachers To Parents: Nice Little School Ya Got There. Be A Shame If It Closed Indefinitely .
Teacher strikes are firmly in the National Lampoon ‘if-you-don’t-buy-this-magazine-we’ll-kill-this-dog’ school of negotiating.Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

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