Middle school teacher confesses to raping student multiple times

These are Oklahoma teachers' demands as strike extends a 7th day

Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest posted a video Monday night on the organization's Facebook page, noting the Oklahoma Highway Patrol estimated around 50,000 people were in the walkout crowd on Monday.

The strike has closed public schools serving about 500,000 of the state's 700,000 students.

Madeline Jacobson, a third grade teacher in Tulsa, cries and cheers at the state Capitol after walkers from Tulsa arrives at the Capitol, as protests continue over school funding, in Oklahoma City, April 10, 2018.

An Oklahoma middle school teacher has been arrested for raping one of her students, officials said.

Educators have no plans to end the walkout until their demands are met. Oklahoma's push for education funding is part of a wider trend in conservative states, with teachers in Arizona, West Virginia, and Kentucky asking for better pay.

These are Oklahoma teachers' demands as strike extends a 7th day

Saying that education funding was wrapped up, Fallin signed a bill aimed at expanding revenues from Native American casinos and one that will raise about $20 million from internet sales taxes, her office said in a statement. A union spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Senate is set to meet this afternoon and discuss a bill that would remove a tax exemption on capital gains.

A November report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that Oklahoma cut roughly $1,000 per pupil over the last nine years.

McDugle said he had voted to increase teacher funding once already, but wouldn't vote to do it again.

Opponents of the tax hikes, including Oklahoma Taxpayers United, argue that lawmakers could boost education spending by cutting bureaucracy and waste rather than raising taxes.

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