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Jacobin: The Reasons for a Teachers' Strike in "Right to Work" Oklahoma

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"Here is a comprehensive and excellent article about the dire condition of public schools in Oklahoma. Given the legislature’s indifference, even hostility, to public schools, it says it is Oklahoma’s turn to strike. State legislators haven’t been able to find enough money to pay for public schools, but they have found it easy to divert money from their resource-starved public schools to pay for charter schools! The purposeful gutting of public schools has been the project of free market fundamentalists. But it did not start with them." The roots of this crisis are not hard to find. Taxes have not been raised by the Oklahoma legislature since 1990. Due to a right-wing 1992 anti-tax initiative, a supermajority of 75 percent of legislators is now needed to impose new taxes , and have  slashed income taxes for the rich. They have also passed huge breaks for the oil and gas companies."

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