'They're depriving their students of education,' retired teacher on Okla. protests

07 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • The damaged building of Dumuniguda village primary school in Nabarangpur. Telegraph

This week, thousands of Oklahoma teachers gathered at their state capitol demanding larger salaries.

Protesters on Tuesday overwhelmed offices of their state representatives and jeered when Republican-controlled legislature refused to consider additional school funding.

Teachers felt unsupported and it was causing growing level of work- related stress because of the failure of schools and other educational settings to implement codes of behaviour and "a blatant disregard of health and safety procedures".

Even though the economy has improved, the education cuts have not been restored, prompting struggling teachers to fight back.

She continued: "Sometimes it is verbal assault where students could be inches from the teacher's face, threatening them in front of class, and they don't know if it is going to escalate further".


But for Millar, teaching isn't about money- it's about making a difference.

The teachers' union said many of its members were prepared to protest through the week, if not beyond. "That's why they're teachers". That kind of vigilance and focus is going to get in the way inevitably to the nurturing and supportive role that is the responsibility of the teacher.

Commenting on the visit, Clayton Said, Vice President from the Bank's IT Department, stated that "The day's programme was structured to put everything we do at the Bank in terms of IT, within the context of these young people's studies".

Oklahoma lawmakers recently agreed to a rare tax increase to bump teachers' pay by an average of $6,100 a year.

The states of Kentucky, Arizona and West Virgina have been hit by similar protests. Their demands include a 20 percent raise in teacher salaries, competitive pay for school staff and a temporary halt of corporate tax breaks.

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