Hall says the bats are primarily "symbolic", but they are now an option for teachers to use, should they need to fight back in a school shooting.
Despite the Legislature's actions, the statewide teacher walkout began April 2 and lasted until Thursday. He said almost 80 percent of parents who responded were in favor of lengthening days. Osborne said he did not know if the House would vote to override. I just wasn't aware of what to do.
The next day, School Resource Officer Karen Moorehead talked to Patton, the assistant principal, and learned that the school system had known about a "fight club" since October 10, the warrant says.
Rosales originally didn't want to be a teacher, she said, and had her sights set on becoming a Certified Public Accountant. "We're just changing strategy".
"We all love our kids".
He said he knew what he did was wrong and should have reported it to administration, the state police report says. And, she said teachers remain committed to the cause.
What followed were two additional days of inaction by legislators and, after nine days of school closures, OEA ended their participation in the teacher walkout.
An anti-tax group says it will launch a "veto referendum" signature-gathering campaign in the coming days that could potentially overturn the almost $500 million tax increases.
"It certainly is the most pressing threat in the near future, and people need to have a watchful eye about what would happen if this were to go into effect", said former Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman, who has been researching the issue.
"We went and we asked questions and we were able to learn", she said.
"It is not the primary deterrent, but rather it is something that may be used in an emergency situation, and symbolizes our intent to take an active approach to defending our students and staff under threat", he said.
"It helps build a stronger bond because they realize I'm from here and I understand how our community works", she said.
Priest also said the union does not speak for all teachers in the state, and some may continue the walkout on their own.
The number of teachers vowing to run for office was one sign of the walkout's success, said Kelly Craig, a fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma City. Bartlesville, Sand Springs and McAlester Public Schools announce classes to resume April 12. But, not until Monday.
Looking past the protests, Hansen said long-term remedies will be needed to improve teacher recruiting and retention in the states on his list. "We are going to be an unwavering force for children in Oklahoma".
Like Brennan, Cook fully supports the idea of the advocacy team, even though she said it weighs on her heart that she won't see her students until Tuesday.
She said that although the walkout has been halted, the mission has not been finished. Teachers applauded the passage of millions of dollars in new education funding, but they are also returning to their classrooms without the full raises or classroom funding they demanded.
She said while it was time to pull back because teachers weren't making any more progress with legislators, she promises teachers won't completely step back because although it disrupted school, the walkout achieved results.