Many schools are closed for a 2nd day in Oklahoma. Teachers are rallying for higher pay and education funding even though the Oklahoma Governor signed legislation last week granting a 15%-18% pay rise to teachers. To some teachers that is a small amount considering they havent seen a pay raise in over 10 years.
One teacher says she had to get a second job teaching online to sustain her household or she would have had to apply for food stamps. Oklahoma’s three largest school districts remain closed to honor the walk outs and some of the schools are offering free meals to students 18 years of age and younger, while other organizations are offering free child care to help out the situation.
According to ABC6.com, “Oklahoma ranks 47th among states and the District of Columbia in public school revenue per student while its average teacher salary of $45,276 ranked 49th before the latest raises, according to the most recent statistics from the National Education Association.