Oklahoma educators march for student funding
The Associated Press - April 4, 2018 2:18 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Some Oklahoma educators and their supporters have begun a 110-mile march to urge state lawmakers to increase funding for classrooms.
More than 100 people set out from Webster High School in Tulsa on Wednesday on the first leg of a seven-day trek to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Marchers plan to hike about six hours to Kellyville High School about 18 miles away.
Many Oklahoma schools are closed for the third straight day as teachers push for better pay and education funding.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teachers 15 to 18 percent salary increases.
The National Education Association says Oklahoma ranks 47th among states and the District of Columbia in public school revenue per student and Oklahoma’s average teacher salaries ranked 49th before the raises.