Oklahoma schools announce eighth day of closures

Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

Oklahoma teacher had sex with student before and after statewide school walkout

The Oklahoma teacher walkout will continue into its ninth day today, but some school districts have begun calling their teachers back to the classroom.

Hoffman also told authorities that she had sex with the boy before taking him to the Capitol for a teacher walkout last week and before she dropped him off at home later that evening.

Thousands of public school teachers in Oklahoma entered the 10 day of their strike on Wednesday, part of a wave of labor protests by educators around the country.

"The governor and lawmakers keep closing the door on revenue options when Oklahomans are asking for a better path forward", said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest union for teachers with about 40,000 members.

While the states experiencing protests are among the most severely affected - Reuters notes that they "have some of the lowest per-student spending in the country" - the effects of reduced public revenues and spending can be seen in national data as well. Arizona and Kentucky teachers have voiced their frustrations regarding teachers' salary and education underfunding.

Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

Since late March, lawmakers have approved almost $450 million in new taxes and revenue to help fund teachers' pay and education, but that is still short of the $600 million being sought by teachers.

The nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said Oklahoma's inflation-adjusted per student funding fell by 28.2 percent between 2008 and 2018, the biggest reduction of any state. Educators in other states, increasingly angry over stagnating wages, are also considering walk-outs.

Opponents of the tax rises say lawmakers could bolster education spending by cutting bureaucracy and waste rather than raising taxes.

"My heart wants to be encouraged, but I am a little pessimistic", said Mary Means, a special education teacher from Luther High School.

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