Teacher strikes shut down schools across Oklahoma, Kentucky

Monday April 2, 2018
By Kaila White, Thomas Novelly and JOHN BACON | USA TODAY

Classes were canceled Monday for hundreds of thousands of students across two states as striking teachers rallied at Capitols in Oklahoma and Kentucky to demand improved funding for education.

The walkouts come less than a month after teachers in West Virginia ended a nine-day strike that shuttered schools there.

Larry Cagle, an English teacher at Thomas Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa, was one of thousands of teachers gathered at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

“We’ve gotten tired of begging for everything,” said Cagle, a co-founder of Oklahoma Teachers United. “Teachers, students and the community have decided enough is enough.”

Oklahoma ranks near the bottom among states in average pay for its teachers. The teachers are striking despite a $6,100 pay raise signed into law last week by Gov. Mary Fallin. Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest called the legislation a “down payment.”

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