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Oklahoma teacher walkout means improvising to care for kids

Oklahoma teacher walkout means improvising to care for kids

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Massive teacher protests at the Oklahoma state Capitol have done more than put political pressure on lawmakers: The situation has forced school districts, churches, community organizations and parents to improvise to take care of students.

The state's largest two school districts will be closed for a ninth consecutive day Thursday, matching the length of a walkout in West Virginia earlier this year that started a rebellion of teachers in some Republican-led states including Kentucky and Arizona.

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin approved teacher pay raises of about $6,100, but many educators say that's not enough because classrooms still need more money.

Meanwhile, groups are working together to make sure kids are entertained, educated and fed.


Updated : 2021-06-22 22:50 GMT+08:00