Tulsa Public Schools superintendent announces support of teacher walkout

TULSA - Tulsa Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist announced on her Facebook page that TPS would join in support of a teacher walkout.

The Oklahoma Education Association, the state's largest teacher's organization, announced plans for a work stoppage April 2 if lawmakers don't approve a $6,000 pay raise by April 1.

Gist shared on Facebook: 

As we shared at our March 5 board meeting, we will follow OEA’s advocacy plan. If our state legislature does not pass a plan to increase teacher pay and funding to public education by April 1, we will support our educators in their walk-out by shutting down the district. This means that effective Monday, April 2, every school in our district would be closed indefinitely until Oklahoma state leaders create a permanent sustainable plan to pay educators the professional salaries they deserve. Over the next week, we will be working with community advocates and partner agencies to determine how they can support families by providing childcare, meals, and other services in the event of a district shut-down. While we are hoping to avoid taking this action, we stand ready to do so should it be necessary.

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