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Rogers County Senator apologizes for telling teachers to change professions

Rogers County Senator apologizes for telling teachers to change professions (KTUL)

CLAREMORE, Okla. (KTUL) -- Rogers County Senator Marty Quinn apologized today after allegedly telling teachers protesting at the Capitol Monday to get a new profession.

Today, one of those teachers spent time rallying in Claremore with a large group. It was a heated moment during yesterday's rally at the Capitol.

A day later, a group of Rogers County teachers, parents and students took to the streets, holding signs protesting against the senator, lobbying for honks and funding for education.

“Emotions were high yesterday; words were spoken," said teacher Susan McGill.

McGill was one of the thousands of teachers at the Capitol Monday. The 5th-grade teacher was in the hallway when she says Quinn made his comments. Today, she spoke to him on the phone.

“And our conversation led to us putting our best foot forward together," said McGill.

That’s why many like Tracey Niblack were standing on the street Tuesday.

“I'm not asking for more money for me, I'm asking for more money for my students," said Niblack; the junior high teacher fought the cold while fighting lawmakers to meet their demands.

Even man’s best friend was out today lobbying with all of the teachers asking for more funding.

Jim and Pam Howard sent a lesson to lawmakers on fiscal responsibility by spending less on their buckets then on poster board.

“When our school system can’t supply the things that we need, we have to bring it," said Jim Howard.

We reached out to the senator’s office in Oklahoma City. Our phone calls were not returned.


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