Oklahoma public school teachers have reached their breaking point with lawmakers unable to come up with a raise.
The Oklahoma Education Association was initially planning a statewide walkout on April 23 if the legislature hadn’t come up with a pay raise. OEA President Alicia Priest said that will now happen April 2.
"I have listened to the anger and frustration of teachers from Atoka to Enid, from Bartlesville all the way to Altus. Our members are ready to act now," Priest said.
April 1 is the statutory deadline for lawmakers to pass an education budget.
"Our goals remain the same: to force the legislature to pass a plan that provides teachers and support professionals a significant pay raise and restores critical funding to our classrooms," Priest said.
OEA is seeking a $10,000 teacher raise over three years and a $5,000 raise for support staff, along with increased common education funding.