TPS sends out preliminary plans for potential walkout

TPS sends out preliminary plans for potential walkout (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Two weeks for legislators to make a decision.

Will they come up with a plan to pay our teachers? Or will teachers be walking out of the door on April 2?

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"What can they do without education," mom of two Lorresha Sier said.

Sier wants quality education for her two girls and if a walkout must happen, she supports it.

"We are going to have to make a small sacrifice for a big impact," Sier said.

Tulsa Public Schools sent the district's preliminary plan to parents and teachers.

If there's a walkout, students and teachers will have to make it up at the end of the year.

"Looks like our summer vacation will be cut short," Sier said.

But Sier says that's not what is important.

"It is going to have such a significant impact," Sier said. "We have to look at the future and us as parents have to do whatever is necessary so our children are given the quality education they deserve."

Superintendent Deborah Gist says the walkout isn't the goal.

"We have said all along, no one wants to close school," Doctor Gist said.

They're pushing for pay raises and more funding for education.

Gist hopes that comes before April 2.

"The solutions are there, the options are there, it is a solvable problem," Gist said.

But, should legislators fail to come up with a plan, TPS has one.

"We have all kinds of contingency planning going on, we have the one week or less scenario, the two-week scenario, the three-week scenario and so on," Gist said.

Part of that includes paying support staff for at least one week during the walkout.

Providing breakfast and lunch to the nearly 80-percent of students in TPS who rely on those meals and hoping the answer comes before so many sacrifices are made.

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Gist says they don't plan on moving graduation dates, but seniors may have to come back to school after graduation depending on what happens over the next few weeks.

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