Jeff Kaufman sent this out earlier. It is from CNN.
Oklahoma legislators approved a measure including a $6,100 pay raise for teachers, but the state teacher's union says the bill doesn't go far enough and plans to walk out Monday.
House Bill 1010XX, which was described as "the largest teacher pay raise in the history of the state" passed both the state House and Senate this week. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill on Thursday.
"This is a very historic moment in Oklahoma's time," Fallin said of funding measures that included the pay boost. "It was not easy getting here."
For weeks, Oklahoma teachers have been considering a walkout over what they say is their breaking point over pay andeducation funding. The state ranks 49th in the nation in teacher salaries, according to the National Education Association, in a list that includes Washington, D.C. Mississippi and South Dakota rank lower.
Inspired by the West Virginia strike in which teachers demanded and got a pay raise from state leaders earlier this month, similar efforts have taken off in Oklahoma and Arizona.
The Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union that represents nearly 40,000 members andschool personnel, called the passage of the bill "a truly historic moment," but one that remains "incomplete," according to its president, Alicia Priest.
Teachers and school staff will walk off their jobs on Monday and descend on the state Capitol, she said in video commentsposted on Facebook.
Teacher militancy is alive and growing as the Arizona teachers are fighting collectively for a better deal too.
What will it take for N.Y. teachers to catch this militancy fever that started in West Virginia and is spreading throughout the country?
The answer is if there are issues that the vast majority of teachers think are worth fighting over, then we can rise too.
How about our awful NYS teacher evaluation system? Over 500 have already signed the petition at the right to repeal the evaluation law. If we all spread it, we can make a difference.
Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. If all who signed can just convince two or three others to do the same, a movement could start to really grow.