Oklahoma teachers planning to strike

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People are saying that Alicia Priest was using the platform as a campaign for something in the future. She already has her bio updated to reflect the unsuccessful walkout.
 
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The OEA called for the end of the teachers walkout yesterday afternoon.

Alicia Priest, OEA president, proclaimed the walkout a victory but said the Legislature had “fallen short.”

“We recognize that our formal efforts to lobby elected leaders have achieved all they will be able to accomplish this legislative session,” she said.

Priest said OEA has been surveying its members since last week and that 70 percent of members doubted that continued efforts would enact legislative change needed.

“If what you’re doing isn’t getting the results you seek, there is wisdom in shifting focus,” Priest said. “We are in a marathon, not a sprint.”
However, teachers were not all happy with the announcement. Link to story here.

The OEA's announcement led to multiple large districts to say when students and teachers will go back to school. Link here.

Patti Ferguson-Palmer, president of the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association, said in a statement, "Oklahoma voted itself into this hole; now it needs to vote itself out. #RememberinNovember."

As the walkout ended, Ed McIntosh, president of the American Federation of Teachers Tulsa, called on TPS Superintendent Deborah Gist to pay support employees, some of which haven't been paid since April 6.

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Broken Arrow and Jenks schools announced they would reopen Monday.
As always, I encourage you to look at tulsaworld.com/teacherwalkout for past coverage if you've missed anything. I will be back later today if there are any updates.
 

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People are saying that Alicia Priest was using the platform as a campaign for something in the future. She already has her bio updated to reflect the unsuccessful walkout.
I'd say so... I don't think it's coincidence she got reelected right in the middle of all of this...
https://twitter.com/apriestOEA/status/979935674613854209?s=19


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Saw this posted online from the Oklahoma Public Employees Association.
From OPEA

Members, friends, family and supporters of state employees: OPEA is no longer participating in the walkout at the State Capitol. OPEA fully supports the protest that continues to actively proceed at 23rd and Lincoln, but state employees have been there from day one with the firm belief that this protest was about more than education funding. Unfortunately, that is where we feel this demonstration has gone. Lawmakers are now making promises to education advocates for future funding that we believe could come at the expense of state services and state employees. And lawmakers continue to stymie our efforts to improve your situation even a little bit, under the false pretense that there simply is no money to do so.

State government and state employees have a tremendous amount of needs and none of those needs are even being discussed, let alone funded or promised-to-be-funded. OPEA will continue to fight for every dime it can get to fund state employees and the services they deliver to Oklahoma citizens, but we need to hear from our members what state employees are willing to do to make sure that funding is secured.
State agencies cannot close. Many state agencies are in such dire straits that they cannot even allow state employees to use annual leave to help support our efforts. due to lack of staff.

Let us know here. Our protests have gone unheard. How should we proceed? Let us know via e-mail at info@opea.org or call us at 405-524-6764. This fight isn't over and we WILL continue to be part of it.
 

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Exactly, while most of the individual teachers involved in this have been sincere, the OEA on the other hand has been using the situation from the very start to help the Democrat party in the mid terms, nothing more.
http://www.enidnews.com/opinion/col...cle_2740f35a-bc0d-55aa-9193-6e8fa60119a0.html

As this is being written, we’re into Day 7 of Oklahoma public education being held hostage by a walkout engineered by the Oklahoma Education Association, and Day 8 is now confirmed.
But what is the Oklahoma Education Association and what are its objectives? Or better yet, why should your tax dollars be supporting causes that are far outside of the mainstream?
There is little need to rehash the causes of the work stoppage other than to note teachers continue to march upset they were voted a 16 percent (on average) pay raise. The average worker would be quite thrilled with such a pay hike, but that’s not enough to appease the OEA, which has steadfastly managed to move the goalposts (first it was all about pay then it was about textbooks, then it was about classroom overcrowding), making it impossible to reach any resolution.

If it appears the OEA’s objective all along is the Capitol chaos we are witnessing, it’s because that’s exactly what it’s all about. The OEA has been itching for this fight, damn any reasonable discussions.
However, while the teachers have been underpaid (and there is no argument about that) in Oklahoma, OEA’s top officers have been living quite comfortably off union dues, which come from public school teachers’ pay, which is, of course, derived from taxes.
According to the most recently available filing of IRS form 990, an annual filing requirement for tax exempt organizations, in 2016 OEA President Alicia Priest was pulling down a cool $92,349 (or about three times the average teacher salary). Its executive director, David Duvall, was really living the life, raking in $152,091, above most school superintendents’ pay.
OEA listed just under $6 million in revenue and total assets of nearly $7.6 million.
Infused with hubris and funding, the OEA has shown itself to be completely inflexible, with Priest recently stating that teachers can only declare victory when the Legislature passes what she considers to be an amount that is “an appropriate manner” to fund education. Not surprisingly, she could not state how much funding that would involve. One would think somebody pulling down three times the amount of their members would be able to give at least some kind of figure.
However, to truly understand OEA, go to its website — okea.org — and check out its links as another person advised me to do.
There, you will get a full-on look at the far-left agenda of the OEA and its parent organization, the National Education Association.
For example, OEA members are urged to contact Congress to support “800,000 Dreamers” by pressing for passage of the so-called Dream Act to prevent the potential deportation of illegal immigrants by sending a digital postcard. They also can sign a pledge to support DACA. Members can also click on a link to United We Dream, an advocacy group, described at ballotpedia.org as advocating “for access to higher education and for legal status for those residing in the country without legal permission.” (Emphasis added.)
OEA’s link to United We Dream includes a “Deportation Defense Card” so that teachers will “know how to respond during an immigration raid.” (How about this as a possible response: Act in a responsible and legally appropriate manner.) United We Dream also offers various other “toolkits” such as how to “create sanctuary” for illegal immigrants.
OEA also provides resource links to the Center For American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank founded by John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, to push its DACA agenda. According to leftexposed.org, CAP also received significant funding from George Soros.
For a dizzying journey down the left-wing rabbit hole, go to the NEA website, where it advocates, among other things, restricting Second Amendment rights and support for the politically hijacked “March for Our Lives.” It even incredibly brags: “In the recently-passed 2018 Omnibus spending bill, we were successful in getting language from the STOP School Violence Act, which prohibits funding for purchasing firearms or firearms training for educators, included in the legislation.”
Better to have gun-free zones than to train educators to defend students apparently.

OEA’s agenda goes far beyond wages and takes a hard left turn into advocacy of policies that are anathema to common-sense Oklahomans, who, through their taxes — which are going through a significant hike — are helping to fund and being told it’s not enough.
However, each day the walkout continues, the OEA overplays its hand, and the growing sentiment becomes enough is enough, more so when OEA’s full agenda is exposed.
 

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She should be thankful. She got elected to an easy position that has a salary of $92,349. I would be thankful also
Do the teachers that make scrap annual salaries realize that their dues pay her salary?

LOLOLOLOOLLL... make $36k a year, pay dues so that some "political mouthpiece" can make $100k/yr. (Not to mention her support staff probably makes more than the avg teacher as well).

But keep loving on those unions libs. They ALWAYS do more good than harm. AND they are ALWAYS out for your best interests as a lowly, little, individual. :derp::derp::derp:
 

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Do the teachers that make scrap annual salaries realize that their dues pay her salary?

LOLOLOLOOLLL... make $36k a year, pay dues so that some "political mouthpiece" can make $100k/yr. (Not to mention her support staff probably makes more than the avg teacher as well).

But keep loving on those unions libs. They ALWAYS do more good than harm. AND they are ALWAYS out for your best interests as a lowly, little, individual. :derp::derp::derp:
The same year, the executive director David Duvall, was paid $152,091 in 2016.

They are leaches. The more the teachers make, the more dues the teachers can pay, the more blood the leaches can suck out of their host.

According to their irs form 990, for 2016 the OEA reported revenue of $6,000,000 and assets of $7,600,000. Why don't they temporarily lower union dues in a show of good faith to help the teachers out? After all, aren't they supposed to be acting for the teachers best interest? This is all about politics for the OEA. Nothing else
 
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Then why were they allowed to be the mouthpiece for this walkout?
Pirateradio is exactly correct. The OEA is unfortunately the largest union of Oklahoma teachers. But there are 1) teachers in the OEA that don’t support their OEA. 2) teachers in other organizations, like POE, that didn’t support walkout. 3) teachers not in the OEA because they don’t want to join a union and/or realize the OEA is a major roadblock for improvement to education
 
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Then why were they allowed to be the mouthpiece for this walkout?
In my opinion it was because that is who had access to the cameras.

Who would find it easier to hold a professional looking news conference on the spur of the mement that could be broadcast on every local station? Alica Priest and the OEA or Alberto from Stillwater?

My wife is not a member, neither are most of her coworkers at her school. The few that were have said they were pulling their membership.
 

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Pirateradio is exactly correct. The OEA is unfortunately the largest union of Oklahoma teachers. But there are 1) teachers in the OEA that don’t support their OEA. 2) teachers in other organizations, like POE, that didn’t support walkout. 3) teachers not in the OEA because they don’t want to join a union and/or realize the OEA is a major roadblock for improvement to education
So I bet POE supports cutting income taxes again as a means to find more funding for education. As tax cut fans say, it will create a tide that will lift all ships, thereby forcing tax revenues to go up. This time around, oil prices certainly won't interfere, if they stay up.
 
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People are saying that Alicia Priest was using the platform as a campaign for something in the future. She already has her bio updated to reflect the unsuccessful walkout.
And seeing this relationship, anybody remember what was on Queen Mary's StepUp Oklahoma plan?
http://stepupoklahoma.com/
Looks kind of similar to what the union magically offered to the legislators and why Queen Mary was as giddy as a school girl when she signed it. Wonder what the teachers feel now? But it IS all about the children....
 
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And seeing this relationship, anybody remember what was on Queen Mary's StepUp Oklahoma plan?
http://stepupoklahoma.com/
Looks kind of similar to what the union magically offered to the legislators and why Queen Mary was as giddy as a school girl when she signed it. Wonder what the teachers feel now? But it IS all about the children....
I know that it varies, but my wife and the circle of teachers that I am able to get input from hated the step up plan. Their main complaint was lack of funding. Sure, the pay raise is nice...but they would still be buying supplies etc with their own cash.

OEA supported that plan which contained ZERO funding for schools.

Democrats opposed that plan because GPT was 4% instead of 5%.

The taxes were still "re-appropriated" after year one, so we would still be in the same boat as far as sustained funding.