"Why can't we get the funding to give these kids what they need - to be future educators, future congressman, maybe even a future president, they aren't going to get there without the teachers", Smith said.
Student learning at schools affected by the strike has been halted for almost two weeks at a critical time in the academic year when federal and state testing requirements need to be completed.
Math teacher Shawn Sheehan was Oklahoma's 2016 teacher of the year.
And last week I signed a bill - approved by legislators before the walkout - which allocates $2.9 billion for common education for the upcoming 2019 fiscal year, which is the largest amount ever appropriated in Oklahoma for K-12 public education and a 19.7 percent increase over this fiscal year's appropriation for public schools.
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"We do not want to be here, but I feel like we've walked backwards in nine days".
You suggest that the teacher walkout doesn't deserve our support because they're leftists.
"Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol and spilling out onto the grounds of this Capitol for nine days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday."
Hime said he's been encouraging all superintendents to get talk with teachers and explain funding changes due to the walkout and their plan to go back to class. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association Vice President Shawna Mott-Wright posted on Facebook, "Do you think quitting the premier teacher association (OEA) will help strengthen teachers?" "You want to be able to keep what you make, but where's the line?"
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The strike was part of a wave of actions by teachers in states that have some of the lowest per-student spending in the country. "They've been out for two weeks, and it's time for them to get back to school", Fallin said in a statement.
Oklahoma's largest teachers union on Thursday called off a almost two-week walkout that shut public schools statewide, saying it had secured historic gains in education funding after school budgets were devastated by a decade of cuts. They also increased pay for support staff and public employees and agreed to increase classroom spending by about $50 million.
More than a dozen teachers filed paperwork this week to run for state House and Senate seats, many of them first-time candidates inspired by the teacher walkout that has shuttered schools across the state for a second consecutive week. The union is now asking for $25 million more. "A lot of people in these states, including some of our teachers, voted for Trump", she said.
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