Protesting in the Oklahoma state capitol, teachers shouted, “Where’s my car?” in response to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma who compared teachers to a “teenage kid that wants a better car.”
More than 36,000 teachers and supporters protested for the fourth consecutive day on April 5.
The Hill reports that Oklahoma teachers earn an average salary of $42,460 a year, which the lowest in the country, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The teachers are pushing for a $10,000 pay increase over three years. They also want a $5,000 increase for support staff…
Fallin signed a bill last week for a $6,100 pay increase for teachers, described as the “largest teacher pay raise in the history of the state.”
While historic, the Oklahoma Education Association, a teachers union, said it was “incomplete.”