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Schools close in Oklahoma and Kentucky as teachers swarm state capitols

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The red state teacher rebellion keeps growing.

On Monday, Oklahoma teachers made good on their vow to walk out of classrooms if the GOP-controlled state legislature didn't come up with a plan to add $3.3 billion of funding to public education over the next three years to pay for enhanced salaries for teachers and support staff (along with other state employees) and higher school funding. The education budget in Oklahoma has been shrinking for years, adjusted for inflation.

Last week, lawmakers delivered a bill to raise almost $450 million in new revenue, which would provide teachers with a $6,000 raise — a significant amount, though much less than the Oklahoma Education Association is asking. The OEA held firm in its demands, and hundreds of schools across the state are closed today. Vox has helpful background on the Oklahoma strike (including a helpful breakdown of the increases that teachers are demanding) here.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that dozens of Kentucky schools are closed due to protests called by the Kentucky Education Association. The spark was a last-minute bill pushed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin that instituted unwanted changes to teachers pensions.

The view from the Capitol in Frankfort:





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