Parents and students cheer teachers on before they head to capital
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – With a standing ovation, parents, students and member of the community cheered Kendall-Whittier Elementary teachers on as they walked into school Friday.
“I think it’s important to show teachers we support them at a time they feel like they really don’t have as much support as they need,” said Adam Pray, a parent.
Even University of Tulsa students like Anahi Chavez made signs for the teachers.
“They’ve had a huge role in my life ever since I was little until now, and so the fact that I can actually show my support to them is really, really important to me,” Chavez said.
Jessica Hamilton said she loved the support. As a third grade teacher, she is taking a stand one last time before heading to the capital Monday.
“I’m hoping that we can draw a big enough crowd that everybody will be there and see that it’s important, it’s real,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton is going despite the recent budget deal passed Wednesday. “They have passed some good first steps, but it almost felt like hush money because the schools are still not being funded, and while teacher raises are appreciated, we need money for our students,” she said.
They want their original demands met.
“Teachers are going to do what we need to do to help the students,” said Hamilton. “We need the money in the schools. We need the money for the kids.”
Pray and Chavez said they aren’t backing down either.
Superintendent Deborah Gist said Tulsa Public Schools are officially closed on Monday, but she does not know how long the walkout will last.