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Some teachers prepare for second walk out of their careers
2:27 PM, Mar 12, 2018
TULSA, Okla. -- Patricia Mott has created a home for herself in the classroom for almost 40 years.
As challenges for teachers grow, she and her colleagues are turning to lawmakers for a solution.
"They do not think of public education as a priority or it would be much better than it is now," Mott said.
This isn't the first time Mott fought for changes. She picketed during the last walk out for HB 1017 in 1990, pushing for smaller class sizes. That ultimately passed.
The high school reading teacher said with some classrooms pushing 40 students, that need is rearing its head once again.
"There are some times I'm asked to sub and with being in my scooter it's hard for me to even get in the door because the desks... there's so many in the classroom," Mott said.
In addition to a $10,000 raise over three years, teachers are asking lawmakers for more support and funding in the classroom before April 2nd. For this 66-year-old educator, she wants to see a solution before retirement.
"I still feel the need to be there for my kids. I feel the need to be here for my fellow teachers. This isn't an easy profession. We need each other. And we need people to hang onto," Mott said.
On Monday, districts across Green Country planned meetings to prepare for the strike.