It is 'Back-to-School' for Most Oklahoma Kids

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This is the first day back to school for many Oklahoma students following the two-week walkout by Oklahoma teachers.

"West Virginia woke us up", Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told cheering teachers at a rally in Phoenix last month.

As teachers continue to mobilize across the country, it is even more necessary to support the unions that are fighting alongside educators to improve the state of public schools.

The union holds several lobbying days at the Legislature each year but says that recent demonstrations by teachers in other states have increased interest in the event.

"We are proud of the teachers, administrators, support staff and families who went to the Capitol to fight for our children".

It would be up to voters to change where the marijuana money goes and give more money for student funding or teacher pay.

Teachers in Colorado earn about $7,000 below the national average of $58,064 a year, according to a survey by the Colorado School Finance Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education watchdog group.


They rallied outside the building Monday, holding signs and chanting slogans like "You left me no choice".

The teacher's union is hoping their message prompts state lawmakers to make a change. "We spend more and more of our own money to do things", McNamee said. "ETFO's education agenda calls for greater student access to specialist teachers to provide more support in the arts and physical education as well as more guidance teachers and teacher-librarians".

The Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay hike from an average of $43,280 a year for elementary school teachers and annual pay of $46,470 for high school teachers.

It is not a coincidence these movements took place in Republican-led states in which tax cuts take precedence over funding education.

As a result of the teacher walkout, the district announced that it would be adding one hour to the end of each school day through the end of the year.

It's a conversation they want lawmakers to start hearing.

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