West Virginia teacher strike headed for a 9th day

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Teachers were hoping for a $5,000 raise with House Bill 1033, collectively called the Step Up Oklahoma Plan, which looked to increase the tax on tobacco and gas. A state Department of Education spokesman didn't return an email message.

"It was soul-crushing", Hofmeister said.

The pay for West Virginia teachers starts at about $33,000 a year, and about 700 classrooms don't have certified full-time teachers, according to the Associated Press.

"What spurred this momentum was so many teachers across the state are at their wit's end", said Teresa Danks, a third-grade teacher in Tulsa who is also the founder of the nonprofit Begging for Education. Teachers are also asking for changes to the public employees health care plan, known as PEIA. "We're losing teachers like insane to other states". Kim David, did not reply to CNN's request for comment. The speaker has not replied. That means taking action to protect themselves, even if the government decides such action is illegal, just as West Virginia teachers are doing now. Massachusetts, with the third-highest public school teacher salaries (behind NY and California) spends the second-lowest share of its state budget on education (behind New Hampshire).

Bill backers said the legislation is created to deal with situations in which property has been divided numerous times over generations.

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Frontier says the offer the workers turned down included: wage increases of more than $14 million; health-care benefits of more than $21,000 per employee and per year; the continuation of a profit-sharing bonus for every CWA employee; and the withdrawal of pending layoff notices. It's an issue teacher Tonya McKinney can ignore.

"What people have got to understand is that this is not something that has happened overnight", he said Friday.

Lita Blanc's pizza fundraiser will reportedly feed up to 3,000 teachers each day as the strike enters its second week.

Nor will the striking teachers' commitment to providing food to the one in five students who live in poverty in their districts end soon either. This year, her organization began an online petition that will be sent to Gov. Mary Fallin as a "last resort" to ask for more education funding and raises. But Bryant said those wouldn't be enough. Why not have teachers wear red to show their willingness to get involved, he said?

"We want it signed by everybody", she said. "I'm anxious she'll lose that from not being in that structured (class) environment", Henry said.

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"That's over 62,000 school kids that are being taught by someone that isn't certified to teach", Hofmeister said.

Social media has been a driving force unifying angry teachers. If elementary school teachers wanted to leave Oklahoma to teach in Texas, they could make over almost $55,700. The group has gained more than 30,000 members since its creation last Tuesday. And I thank our teachers and school service personnel, who absolutely are to be credited for this milestone - by standing up, standing strong, and keeping our state's young people at the forefront of this fight.

All public schools in West Virginia would be closed again Monday 'and remain closed until the Senate honors the agreement that was made'. "They know that West Virginia isn't going to be able to attract companies like Proctor & Gamble or Macy's if we don't have good schools".

"An unbelievable movement is happening here", he said. Other state workers will have to wait for a budget bill to pass before getting their 5 percent raises promised under the deal.

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