Teachers and students stand in protest of state budget cuts and teacher pay
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
As promised, many Tulsa Public School teachers walked in and walked out, as listed in their contracts. They did not stay late Monday, as they were protesting state budget cuts and low teacher pay. At many schools, including Booker T. Washington High School, teachers walked out at the end of their day, in unity.
“Do you believe every child has a right to a public education? Are we going win this fight?” Teacher, John Waldron said and hyped the crowd of students that welcomed and waited for the teachers.
“We as students, recognize the fact that teachers are not given what they are due and we as a society need to do better because they are working so incredibly hard, I cannot say it enough,” said one student who spoke at the microphone, on the school’s plaza.
“I definitely support them. There hasn’t been a pay raise since I was in kindergarten, so there needs to be a change, so I do support them walking out,” said Kate Huckaby, a freshman who helped organize a letter-writing campaign to lawmakers. She held a stack of the letters, as she explained her concern.
Huckaby wants to help teachers, but she is also worried the walkout could impact testing for her in specialized classes.
“I’m definitely going to be doing some independent test prep, and I think it might affect some of my classes, but if the teachers get a pay raise and we do increase school funding, then I think it will all be worth it,” said Huckaby.
Tulsa Public Schools’ board will vote on Thursday to officially decide if the district will walk out, and if so, for how long.