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Oklahoma Teachers’ Union Shuts Down Walkout, Despite Some Resistance

By Madeline Will — April 23, 2018 1 min read

Oklahoma teachers returned to their classrooms last week, ending a nine-day statewide walkout.

The Oklahoma Education Association decided to stop the strike, saying that teachers had “achieved all that we will be able to accomplish this legislative session.”

In a Facebook poll, however, almost 7,000 people said they would not consider the walkout to be over without securing additional school funding.

The union estimates that the effort has secured $479 million in education funding for the next school year. That includes a $6,100 pay raise for teachers. Still, that’s less than what the union had initially asked for, which included a $10,000 pay raise over three years.

Meanwhile, teachers in Arizona voted in favor of a walkout and teachers in Colorado were considering whether to strike.

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A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2018 edition of Education Week as Oklahoma Teachers’ Union Shuts Down Walkout, Despite Some Resistance

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