He is spitting nails.
The pension changes would no longer give conventional pensions to future teachers, instead providing them with cash-balance retirement plans that depend on the stock market but are guaranteed to not lose money.
Teachers gather outside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding.
Some of the demands by the largest teachers' union in the state include an increase in school funding by US$200 million over the course of three years and raise teachers' wages by US$10,000. That vote followed earlier walkouts.
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Overall, tax cuts like these inevitably affect education budgets; state governments fund about half of the cost of public schools, with local taxes and federal programs kicking in the rest. Most districts are out on spring break and those remaining have closed to accommodate teachers attending the rally.
All of Kentucky's schools are closed today. In Arizona, hundreds of teachers walked out last week, and there have been rumbles as far away as New Mexico and Alaska.
Priest, the Oklahoma Education Assn. president, called it a "down payment" and accused legislators of undermining the raises by failing to secure the necessary funding to back up the bill. "They've really let us drive this and steer this", explains Noah Karvelis, one of the organizers of Arizona Educators United.
Lawmakers praised the moves as positive steps forward for Oklahoma's education system. The American Federation of Teachers has about 2,700 members out of 42,000 teachers.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court stands poised to potentially deal a major blow to organized labor in union-friendly blue states, the labor movement has shown unexpected strength this year in red states where labor protections are comparatively weak. "We are the only unified protest group", he says. "We had 70 percent turnover in the last five years in my school", he says.
If they don't get what they want, he threatens continuing protests into the summer and beyond. "This is about funding our schools for our students".
"I think there's a real possibility of this being longer than a one-day shutdown", said Rick Cobb, superintendent of Mid-Del Schools. "How do you negotiate with Facebook?" "Enough's enough", said Jeff Janzen, a 19-year educator who teaches middle school social studies in Edmond.
The Oklahoma Education Association, the teachers union coordinating the strike, criticized the state House of Representatives for not moving on legislation Monday, when teachers first filled the Capitol to protest.
Moy said the impasse between lawmakers and educators might spell the end of his teaching career.
Hendricks and her colleagues carpooled from Tahlequah and plan to spend the night so they can rally again Tuesday. The Legislature, the group said, must plug the funding holes in its package passed last week, and bring in more revenue by eliminating a capital gains tax break and allowing an expansion of gambling in the state.
Oklahoma and Kentucky are the second and third states where teachers have staged strikes and walkouts to lean on state legislatures to increase funding and fund pay raises. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said that won't happen.
"The more I listen to our legislators", he said, "the more it feels like my days in the classroom may be over". "Every single kid that I've ever had deserves more than this".
"It's going to take massive people power to (get) anything done", the former public school teacher said.
Despite those actions, teachers still walked out of school Monday, prompting statewide school closures.