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He couldn’t find anything: the Oklahoma Education Association has been weakened by anti-union laws.
Morejon started his own Facebook group (Oklahoma Teacher Walkout—The Time Is Now! By the morning, the group had twenty-one thousand members; soon afterward, it had seventy-two thousand.
They encountered snow, lightning, and an earthquake.
“We were walking through parts of Oklahoma that have barely even recovered from the oil bust of the nineteen-eighties,” Hoxie said. I didn’t know how they even knew where we were.”On the seventh day, Hoxie and the other teachers woke up in the high-school library in Jones.
An income-tax reduction similarly benefitted primarily the wealthy.
The tax on fracked oil was slashed, and when it was nudged back up—it remains the lowest in the nation—the energy billionaire and political kingmaker Harold Hamm, whose estimated net worth is quadruple the budget that the legislature allocates to the state, stood in the gallery of the capitol, letting the lawmakers know that he was watching.
A capital-gains tax break was configured in such a way that two-thirds of the benefit went to the eight hundred wealthiest families in the state.In response to the threat of a walkout, the Republican-dominated Oklahoma legislature offered teachers a pay raise of around six thousand dollars a year.It funded the raise with an assortment of tax bills, most of which disproportionately affect the poor—a cigarette tax, a diesel tax, an Amazon sales tax, an expansion of ball and dice gambling, and a five-dollar-per-room hotel-motel tax.In the past decade, funding for K-12 education in the state has fallen by a billion dollars.In 2017, the Oklahoma State Science Fair was cancelled, until a retired teacher saved it by contributing fifty thousand dollars from his savings.