The Oklahoma Education Association announced this week that a change has been made to their original plan.
The teachers group had originally planned on an April 23 deadline for lawmakers to better fund education, including giving teachers a pay raise.
However, in a Facebook video, a spokes person for the group said they are putting lawmakers on notice. The lawmakers must work swiftly to follow the law and pass an education budget by April 1. If that budget doesn’t include a meaningful pay raise for teachers and support professionals, and additional funding to restore cuts to Oklahoma classrooms, OEA calls for statewide school closures beginning April 2,
The group is seeking a $10,000 pay raise for Oklahoma teachers over three years, a $5,000 pay raise for support professionals over three years, a cost-of-living adjustment for retirees and the restoration of funding for education and core government services.