The state of Oklahoma is set for a possible teacher walkout starting on Monday, April 2, 2018. Currently, 181 Public School Districts (35%) have announced Board of Education authorized school suspensions, provided the Oklahoma State Legislators do not grant teacher pay raises as requested by the Oklahoma Education Association before the April 1 deadline.
WHO IS IMPACTED? While just 35% of the public school districts in Oklahoma have authorized school closures, this accounts for nearly 78% of all students in public school (503,442).
FOR HOW LONG? Additionally, the authorized suspensions of class span from a single day to 25 days in some cases.
LEARN MORE: The interactive map below features the school districts that have released public information related to the potential teacher walkout divided by three categories: Board Authorized Suspension, Decision in Progress or Will Remain Open.
NOTE: Data related to spending, enrollment and free and reduced lunch is from FY 2015. This is the most complete year for comparable data across all three areas for all Oklahoma Public School Districts.
In addition to classes being suspended, another critical service provided by schools that will be interrupted is free and reduced price meals. Oklahoma has a student population of 646,811, of which 61.39% qualify for free and reduced price meals. If the teacher walkout moves forward on April 2, 309,063 students who qualify for free and reduced price meals may have to find alternative sources for the breakfast and/or lunch they might typically receive while at school. If a timely solution is not found, and accounting for the average declared class time suspension of 13 school days, a potential of 4.3 million meals could be skipped by Oklahoma’s children in need.
by Gregg Garn, PhD, OU Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, on why it is so critical we support and value Oklahoma’s teachers.