They got a raise. But they are still walking out.
The same group of people who played their part in politicizing the classroom when they nationalized the ‘March for our Lives’ walkout are doing it again with their own labor relations.
This makes us think that that protest wasn’t ‘about the children’ after all, so much as using children as a means to an end. Because they’re doing it again.
Think of the children… as something more than political props.
It will have impact on children:
But are we so sure they care?
The Oklahoma bill, HB1010XX, raises taxes on cigarette sales, fuel and lodging in order to fund the raise for teachers — an increase of 16 percent on average, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement Wednesday. She touted the change as “the largest teacher pay raise in the history of the state” and planned to sign the bill Thursday afternoon, regardless of plans for the teacher strike to proceed.
“I applaud the bipartisanship shown in the Senate tonight and in the House of Representatives earlier this week by passing House Bill 1010XX,” Fallin said Wednesday. “Those voting yes answered the call from the public by voting teachers a pay raise and putting the state on a solid foundation for the future.”
But the Oklahoma Education Association is calling for a $10,000 increase in teacher pay over three years, a $5,000 pay increase for support professionals over three years and the restoration of millions of dollars in education funding that had been cut from the budget in recent years.
“While this is major progress, this investment alone will not undo a decade of neglect. There is still work to do to get this legislature to invest more in our classrooms. And that work will continue Monday, when educators descend on the capitol,” Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, said in a Facebook video Wednesday.
Any word on where the money will magically come from, or which government program they are willing to see cut so they can afford it?
Or are such questions too ‘trivial’ to ask?
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