Oklahoma teacher walkout means improvising to care for kids

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First-grader Dazaria Jackson looks at a carton of strawberry milk Wednesday, April 11, 2018, that came with the free boxed lunch she and hundreds of other Tulsa students receive daily from two food trucks belonging to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The food bank is one of several area nonprofits, daycares and businesses […]

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Massive teacher protests at the Oklahoma state Capitol have done more than put political pressure on lawmakers: The situation has forced school districts, churches, community organizations and parents to improvise to take care of students.

The state’s largest two school districts will be closed for a ninth consecutive day Thursday, matching the length of a walkout in West Virginia earlier this year that started a rebellion of teachers in some Republican-led states including Kentucky and Arizona.

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin approved teacher pay raises of about $6,100, but many educators say that’s not enough because classrooms still need more money.

Meanwhile, groups are working together to make sure kids are entertained, educated and fed.

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