White reported from Oklahoma, Novelly from Kentucky, Bacon from Virginia. The Oklahoma Education Association teachers union, which helped organize the walkout, said the bill was a "down payment" that still needs to rework a $50 million education funding hole.
The red-state teachers rebellion that started in West Virginia continues to grow, with teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma walking out on Monday after the Kentucky teachers shut down schools in almost two dozen counties on Friday.
A statewide teacher walkout over funding in Oklahoma amassed in the state's capital city Monday morning, with one educator even bringing students to the Capitol building's lawn for his advanced placement literature classes.
'Teachers are so drastically underpaid they are forced to donate plasma, work multiple jobs, and go to food pantries to provide for their families.
"The raise provided to teachers is the largest raise in the history of Oklahoma". Music teacher Noah Karvelis told NPR that he often has 40 students in a classroom with just seven pianos, and "The math just doesn't add up". They say it's all for their students.
Several schools have said they are prepared to be closed for the rest of the week and many teachers are vowing to stay on strike until the Legislature pumps more money into school funding.
"We are all products of public schools, and we are proud of public education", she said. If the majority want to advocate at the Capitol, school will be closed the next day.
The mainstream media has portrayed the growing strike wave among teachers as a "red state rebellion" against Republican-led austerity measures.
"I think the teachers are fully prepared to go all the way through the school year". Oklahoma educators are some of the lowest-paid in the country.
Adjusted for inflation, the amount the state spends per student has fallen almost 30 percent over the past decade, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The bill, passed mostly on party lines, has gone to Gov. Matt Bevin - who supports reforming the pension system. "'This is the biggest meal you've ever had!' she said to the starving child, who still isn't getting near enough nutrition". So you have many Republicans who will have to defend a vote to increase taxes back home.
Edmond Memorial High School English teacher Regan Killacky hosts his classes on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn as a symbolic means of showing students the importance of funding kids' education. That's not going to happen this year. It's time to support our teachers and the future leaders of our communities.
It's a way to show not only his wife's 16-year pain but the pain of thousands of other teachers across the state. "Don't let unions, or superintendents, or even legislators take away your confidence", the page declared.
The Oklahoma teachers are not the only ones unhappy.
In Kentucky, the rally begins 9 a.m. ET in Frankfort, and participants plan to march to the state Capitol.
A call to close schools subsequent to Monday will be made on a day-to-day basis and will be dependent on an employee survey.
The Republican-controlled Kentucky House and Senate passed a surprise 291-page pension reform bill last week which, among other things, changes the pension plan for new teachers, according to the Courier Journal. Opponents objected that the pension changes were inserted into an unrelated bill without a chance for public input, and worry that the changes will discourage young people from joining the profession.
Arizona teachers, too, are calling both for pay raises and for increased education funding-and planning to take action if they don't see improvements. Ducey instead reiterated his proposal for an insulting 1 percent pay increase, less than half of the annual 2.2 percent rate of inflation.