As Oklahoma teachers declare victory, Colorado educators walk out of class

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — As Oklahoma teachers declared victory and returned to classrooms Monday after a nine-day school walkout, their Colorado counterparts were poised to stage their own labor action as a movement ignited by a successful strike by West Virginia educators continues to sweep the nation.The wave of teacher protests has mostly occurred in states dominated by Republicans in the legislature and governors’ offices, such as West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky. Colorado, which has a Democratic governor and a Democratic-controlled assembly, is the exception.“We need to make sure there is a big tidal wave of big changes in legislatures nationwide so the public school community can spend their time helping kids succeed, not begging or demonstrating for decent pay and adequate school funding,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a statement.ColoradoColorado teachers were prepared to leave classrooms Monday and descend on the state capitol in Denver for what is being billed as a “Day of Action,” in which they plan to lobby legislators to boost their pay and provide more funding for education. The teachers plan to hold a large rally at the capitol this afternoon.“One clear way to value educators is by funding our schools. Legislators are working with a positive state revenue forecast in this session — they have substantially more money at their disposal this year to invest in educators and our students,” the Colorado Education Association said in a statement.Teachers in Colorado earn about $7,000 below the national average of $58,064 a year, according to a survey by the Colorado School Finance Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education watchdog group.The survey also showed that teachers spend an average of $656 annually out of their own pockets on classroom supplies, including pencils and binders.OklahomaOklahoma teachers were heading back to classrooms after staging a nine-day walkout, in which they filled the state capitol building in Oklahoma City to demand the restoration of funding for education they say has been drastically reduced over the past decade.The Oklahoma Education Association said the walkout prompted legislators to boost education funding by $479 million and up teachers’ pay by an average of $6,100, the largest pay raise in state history. The teachers also won pay raises for support staff such as cafeteria workers and bus drivers, and secured $70 million in recurring revenue for classroom supplies.“You have achieved a historic victory for our students … the biggest financial victory in history for our students,” Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, told her members as they decided to end their nine-day walkout on Thursday.But Preist said the efforts by teachers to win more money for education is not over. She said teams of educators from around the state will continue to go to the capitol to lobby lawmakers for more education funds.She also implored teachers to focus on unseating lawmakers who voted against raising funding for education.“We must work harder than ever to elect education champions who will put students first,” said Priest, adding that a number of OEA members a planning on running for the state legislature.“This fight is not over just because the school bell will ring once more; we have created a movement and there is no stopping us,” Priest said.ArizonaTeachers in Arizona are voting this week on whether to stage a classroom walkout, after previously conducting several walk-in protests in which they demonstrated outside their respective schools before walking in with students to conduct classes.The Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay hike from an average of $43,280 a year for elementary school teachers and annual pay of $46,470 for high school teachers.The teachers also want more money for support staff and for lawmakers to restore $1 billion in cuts to education over the last decade.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, floated a proposal last week to meet the teachers’ 20 percent pay hike request with a 9 percent raise this year and an 11 percent raise in 2020.Although the governor promised not to use “shell games” to cover the cost of the raise, teachers’ union officials said they remain skeptical because Ducey has not detailed how he will pay for it.KentuckyKentucky Gov. Matt Bevin apologized on Sunday to “those who were hurt” by comments he made about children being at risk for sexual abuse and drug use while teachers walked out of classrooms on Friday and protested at the state capitol in Frankfort.Kentucky teachers are also upset over Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state pension system and prevent them from putting accrued sick time toward their retirement. On March 30, so many teachers staged a “sickout” that 29 school districts were forced to cancel classes because they couldn’t find enough substitute teachers.“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them,” Bevin told reporters Friday. “I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent doesn’t have any money to take care of them.“Some were introduced to drugs for the first time — because they were vulnerable and left alone,” he added.Bevin’s said his comments were roundly criticized by both Republicans and Democrats in the legislatures. Bevin said people misunderstood his statement.Kentucky legislators voted on Friday to override Bevin’s veto of a two-year state budget that increased education funding through a $480 million tax increase.West VirginiaThe teacher labor movement began earlier this year when West Virginia educators went on strike for nine days. The strike ended March 6 when Republican Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill granting a 5 percent pay raise to all state employees.The success of West Virginia teachers inspired educators in the other states to follow suit.“West Virginia woke us up,” Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, told cheering teachers at a rally in Phoenix last month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dyche responds to Mourinho comments

first_img Chelsea’s website also broke down the incidents, while publishing the views of personalities who agreed with their manager. But in a 10-minute interview with Burnley TV, which Dyche claimed was necessary to “give a balanced view” on the game’s events, the Burnley boss defended Barnes’ challenge. “When moments like that occur, it’s very rare there is not a reaction to that moment in the stadium,” Dyche said. “Look at the reaction from a bunch of expert footballers from the Chelsea side – the likes of John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic – big, strong boys who are on right top of this moment. “Jose Mourinho has a similar view to me, the crowd behind me, circa 15,000, no-one reacts. In live time no-one reacts except Matic. “After the event, with hindsight and slow motion, statements like ‘criminal tackle’ are being used. I find that hard to adjust to.” Dyche also believes Barnes’ tackle was not malicious, but instead a natural movement of his leg after the forward failed to complete a pass. “After the event of course, it looks an ugly challenge,” Dyche said. After the game, Mourinho cited four “crucial moments” as decisive in the result at Stamford Bridge, the most controversial of which saw Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic sent off in the second half. Matic was dismissed for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle that Mourinho described as “criminal”. Press Association Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s criticism of referee Martin Atkinson after the Chelsea boss blamed poor decisions for his side’s 1-1 draw with the Clarets on Saturday. “Ashley Barnes tried to play the ball down to Dave Jones behind him, his momentum and the pendulum motion of his leg swings up through the ball. “Matic is late getting there – not in a vicious way – but that means his (Barnes’) leg pendulums through and hits him on the shin.” Dyche also addressed the other three incidents that Mourinho cited, including two Chelsea penalty appeals that Atkinson turned down before half-time. The Burnley boss admits Michael Kightly’s handball in the 33rd minute would “usually” result in a spot-kick but insisted Jason Shackell’s apparent push on Diego Costa eight minutes later was harder to call. “Jason Shackell definitely gets a mild hand on him – is that enough for him to go down? It’s a real debating point,” Dyche said. “That’s a close one. The first one usually gets given but that one is a real tough one for referees. “He (Costa) is off balance anyway, he gets a slight nudge and he goes down. “I’m not remotely saying he went down easily or is trying to simulate, I just mean it’s a mild contact which inevitably means he ends up on the floor. “I think that’s a tough one, particularly when you consider the referee’s actual angle to see that incident.” Chelsea felt aggrieved that Burnley were not reduced to 10 men after half an hour when Barnes jumped into Ivanovic, thrusting his knee into the defender’s back. Dyche, however, argued the movement was similar to that which “goalkeepers take when they receive a ball in the air to protect themselves” and believes it merited “at most a yellow card”. He also had two complaints of his own, suggesting Costa could have been punished for kicking out at Shackell late on and that Chelsea should have given Burnley the ball back after the visitors had put it out of play. “Ben Mee goes up for a header and lands heavily on his ribs, there is then quite obvious contact made by Costa on the back of Jason Shackell’s legs,” Dyche said. “Our keeper then rolls the ball out of play to allow the physio to administer treatment to our player. “Usually that ball then comes back into the goalkeeper but on this occasion – it must have been an oversight – Chelsea played on, threw it in and tried to attack us and score a goal. “I’ll accept it if it is an oversight but I think the protocol suggests that’s not the correct fashion because usually that gets thrown back to the keeper.” Dyche’s interview came after the Football Association said Barnes would face no disciplinary action. Chelsea are reportedly set to appeal against Matic’s three-game ban, but the FA revealed on Twitter that it would not be punishing the Clarets forward, and explained the rationale over five posts. They read: ”In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials. ”Retrospective action introduced as deterrent for ‘off the ball incidents’ [e.g. kicks, stamps etc.] committed out of sight of officials. ”Whole game in agreement that, in vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing. ”In line with this rationale, FA confirm no further action in relation to Ashley Barnes as incident was seen by the officials.” last_img read more