Former teacher goes to court for running 'fight club' in class

Former teacher goes to court for running 'fight club' in class

Some of the state's largest districts, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, already had planned to close on Friday for a tenth consecutive day after frustrated teachers walked off their jobs demanding more funding for classrooms.

The OEA made a decision to end the walkout with $479 million in funding for the next school year - less than what they'd hoped to achieve, Priest said in a news conference. "In spite of tens of thousands of people filing the capital and spilling out onto the grounds of this capitol for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday".

The threat of a walkout motivated lawmakers to approve more than $400 million in new education spending, most of it going to teacher pay, which ranks near the bottom nationally. Lanae DeArman of Sulphur, Okla., joined picketing teachers at the Capitol, lobbying her representatives to raise taxes to fund education. All public schools in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the state's two largest cities, were shuttered for almost two weeks of classes.

Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, said his members would vote Thursday night on how to proceed.

"I just try to be the teacher that the kids could come to and actually express themselves and actually work through their issues, kind of have a social thing", Fish said, according to the arrest warrant application. "And teachers deserve that as well, so we can be the most effective teachers that we can and we can provide for our students in a way that they deserve".

"It's just really hard to be gone and we are always conscientious of what our students are missing when we are not there and how that's going to impact them", Coil said. In a New York Times article declaring the Oklahoma strike over, AFT President Randi Weingarten expressed hope that teachers' anger could be diverted behind a campaign to elect Democrats in the 2018 elections.

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Following the announcement that the walkout would end, Oklahoma Representative Emily Virgin had a message for teachers. Bishop said that's because of the conversation leading up to the walkout itself, which she said helped secure revenue in the time it did.

The demonstrations were inspired by West Virginia teachers, whose nine-day walkout earlier this year led to a 5 percent pay increase.

Elaine Brown, a teacher at the Capitol, told Fox 25, "I feel like they kind of took the coward way out".

Fish was a math substitute teacher at Montville High School and an employee of the Montville Board of Education.

On Friday, April 6, lawmakers passed two bills to fill most of the $50 million hole left from the repeal on the $5 hotel/motel tax.

Two days later, on Wednesday, April 4, OEA was pushing for the passage of two pieces of legislation to increase school funding.

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