April 21, 2018

OSBI: Clinton teacher admits to having sex with student during walkout

11 April 2018, 11:19 | Rufus Hill

Oklahoma Teachers Striking for More Funding to Extend Walkout to a 7th Day

Teacher drove student to Oklahoma walkout. She had sex with him before and after, cops say | The Wichita Eagle

Jeremiah Smith, a physical science teacher and track coach at Midwest City High School, says it might have put more pressure on lawmakers if they had canceled the meet, but that wouldn't benefit the students.

Last week, the legislature passed several bills, ball and dice gaming and an Amazon tax bill, which will each bring in about $20 million for public education. "Everything is in their corner". Kids across Oklahoma have been out of school for five days, and many schools are expected to remain closed this week, according to The Washington Post.

"We are here today to rally support, not just for our teachers in the area, but for teachers across the state who have walked out of the classroom", Cole said.

Senate Floor Leader Greg Treat, a key negotiator on the budget, said union leaders are shifting their focus.

Thousands of Oklahoma educators are continuing their walkout and crowding the state Capitol for a sixth day.

Keri Hoffman, 35, an algebra teacher at Clinton Middle School, was arrested Sunday for multiple counts of rape involving a student, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports.

Fallin, a lame-duck governor in her final year, has had scant success in recent years pushing her agenda, despite overwhelming GOP majorities in both chambers.

Ultimately, the governor signed legislation last week granting teachers pay raises of about $6,100, or 15 to 18 percent, as well as tens of millions of new dollars for public schools.

McDugle said he had voted to increase teacher funding once already, but wouldn't vote to do it again.

Organizers with Arizona Educators United, a teacher-led grassroots group that launched the state's #RedForEd movement, say the demonstrations will help determine whether they will set a date for a statewide walkout.

Sharica Cole, Ben Franklin Science Academy staffer, said she felt enthused by the show of support. "They don't have everything they need to give us an education". With demands for statewide strikes spreading from Kentucky, Arizona and SC to Florida, Iowa and Texas, the unions have warned teachers that strikes are illegal and would lead to "harsh consequences". Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems.

"When we have the induction program we have an experienced teacher that's part of this program supported by the AEA who's working with the beginning teachers to make sure they're better equipped and supported not only teaching the content but also interpreting the data and working towards student growth", Parker said. They are requesting a $10,000 pay raise over three years.

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