School District Arms Teachers With Mini Baseball Bats - No, We're Not Kidding

Chandler Ariz. Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP

Chandler Ariz. Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay raise and more than $1 billion in new education funding. (AP

Tonight, our union will hold a telephone town hall meeting with our members to discuss the situation and listen to what teachers have to say.

Those participating in the Oklahoma teacher walkout have emphasized increasing education funding to meet the needs of teachers and students across the state.

"He's not a certified teacher", said Montville Resident State Trooper Sargent Mark Juhola.

Chad Warmington, president of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association, said the industry supported an increase in education funding, but should not have been made to shoulder the burden.

Hundreds of teachers still showed up at the Capitol Friday to say they're not done yet.

The Montville School District said they took action right away. "We are proud of what we have accomplished, but truthfully there's no one left to negotiate with in the statehouse", Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, said.

In the Bluegrass State, restive teachers have not launched a statewide strike, but have forced one round of school closures as they gathered in the state capital to protest a GOP pension "reform" bill, and could force another one as legislators return from a recess. That's why it's hard to imagine why a Pennsylvania school district thought that giving teachers mini baseball bats was the best way to defend against an actual weapon of war, yet, here we are.

Oklahoma teachers have reacted defiantly to the Oklahoma Education Association's (OEA) call to end their two-week strike.

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One teacher described his feelings by quoting the end of "The Hollow Men" poem, saying, "This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper".

The district plans to open up its worksite clinic this fall.

Teachers lined up at the capitol to turn in their paperwork and run for office on Thursday, according to CNN. Priest said that during negotiations with the Oklahoma House and Senate, Senate Republicans refused to "budge an inch" on finding any more revenue.

"I will be here every day fighting for them, writing emails, whatever needs to happen to ensure they get the education they deserve".

Dolores McCracken, whose state union represents more than 187,000 teachers and educators in Pennsylvania, previously argued that "teachers are not trained law enforcement officers - their job is to educate children and act as role models".

Jenkins said educators, parents and supporters from different school districts, including Elgin, Central, Cache and Apache, helped with the fundraiser. "I feel like personally we haven't even progressed since we started", said Mid-Del teacher Sonja Fox.

Oppel said some teachers were eager to remain at the Capitol, especially as there is talk the Legislature might consider taxes increase on wind energy production, potentially raising new revenue for schools.

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