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Sick of Low Pay,
Prepare to Fight
After a 9-Day Strike in West Virginia,
Oklahoma Teachers Threaten Walkout
By Madeline Will
Swikar Patel/Education Week
Few educators here say they want a statewide teacher
strike to happen. And yet there's overwhelming agreement from educators that it's the only way forward.
Union leaders have given the Oklahoma state legislature an April 1 deadline to pass a funding package
that includes a $10,000 pay raise over three years for
teachers and a $200 million boost to public schools. If
that doesn't happen, teachers across the state will walk
out of their classrooms, and will not return until they
get what they're asking for, union officials pledge.
Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest paid in the
country, and many work second jobs to make ends meet
and to save for their future.
"I don't like that [a walkout] seems to be the only
course of action-I think if there was something else,
we would all jump on that, but I just think we all feel
at a loss," said Kara Stoltenberg, a high school English
teacher in Norman, Okla., who also works at a clothing
store to help pay her bills. "It's so disheartening. ... I
Sara Doolittle, an English teacher at Norman High School in Norman, Okla., picks up her son Rowen Stapp, 4, at daycare after work.
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A Teachable Moment
For 2nd Amendment
James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP
By Stephen Sawchuk
West Wendover, Nev.
"You have a right to your opinions," U.S. government teacher
Kathy Durham tells her seniors on a chilly morning here at West
Wendover Junior Senior High School. "As long as you can back up
and justify why you feel the way you feel, be proud of it. Own it."
It's a First Amendment reminder at the beginning of what's actually a
lesson on the Second Amendment-the right to bear arms, and one of the
most controversial topics in American civic life, let alone the classroom.
Over the course of two class periods, Durham's students will be
presenting, analyzing, and synthesizing mock gun legislation. They
can propose sweeping gun-control measures or advocate having gun
ownership completely unregulated. But they will have to root their
ideas in the historical and legal precedents they've been studying
for the past week, and she insists that they maintain the tenets of
"It's really easy to behave badly," she says, noting the tenor of Twitter debates. "So I want you to have these conversations in a civil manner, so that instead of pushing each other apart, we can maybe grow
Probably never in history has there been a time at which teaching
about the right to bear arms has been more politically difficult-or
The slaughter in Parkland, Fla., which killed 17 people, most of
them children, hovers like a gray cloud over the topic, with the echoes
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center, protests along
with hundreds of other
Silverado High School
students in the
senior quad at the
school on March 14.
The students were
joining a nationwide
17-minute walkout to
advocate for better
gun control and
Student Walkout Taps Well of Anger, Sadness
By Mark Walsh
The most dramatic display of civic activism by
American students in recent memory-with thousands walking out of their schools to take part in
somber, politically charged demonstrations-underscored the deep and continuing impact of the
shooting that killed 17 educators and students at
a Florida high school last month.
Participants hoped the March 14 nationwide walkout, coupled with a series of marches scheduled for
this weekend, would be a powerful spark to a broader
youth-led movement around stemming gun violence.
Some of last week's walkouts were solemn and
at times silent remembrances of the lives lost at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Park-
land, Fla. At other demonstrations participants demanded stricter gun control measures and vowed
repercussions for elected leaders who failed to heed
"The adults have failed us," said Matthew Post, a
senior at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring,
Md., who addressed hundreds who rallied at the
U.S. Capitol after marching from the White House.
"This is in our hands now."
At Stoneman Douglas High, students gathered on
the school football field for 17 minutes before moving
to a nearby public park.
Leonor Munoz, a 17-year-old senior at the school,
told the crowd at Pine Trails Park that the walkout was "for those who will never be here again, but
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