Teachers to Rally for Rights, Retirement, Funding

Teachers from all across the state will rally on the South steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol Tuesday, March 15 during spring break.

The event, titled R.E.D. Rally, Republicans, Educators and Democrats Must Work Together, will focus on teacher rights, retirement and funding.

Incoming OEA President Linda Hampton says educators are working harder than ever to make sure their students are successful all while facing a triple assault with overcrowded classrooms, fewer resources and threatened rights and benefits.

"We are enrolling more students and hiring fewer teachers. Like everyone else, we are doing more with less. Our teachers are in the top 10 in teacher quality yet ranked 49th in teacher pay. How can we recruit and retain quality teachers when our pay is not competitive and our rights and benefits are being taken away?" Hampton said.

Hampton, a 34-year teaching veteran from Seminole, said that research shows a quality teacher is the most important component in a child's education.

"Instead of taking away teacher rights, reform should be based on supporting and providing classroom resources to quality teachers. That's where positive change starts," Hampton said.

The rally will kick off at 10 a.m.


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