Oklahoma Teachers Are Reshaping State Politics
There’s been an awakening. After teachers decided on a walkout and march from Tulsa to Oklahoma City — inspired by activism in West Virginia demanding more funding — they were met with a surprising amount of grassroots support in their conservative state. Some 80,000 demonstrated at the capitol, where legislators routinely cut school outlays. Despite last century’s habit of electing Democrats, the state has been in Republican hands for over a decade. But the teachers’ movement seems to have galvanized a base looking for change, and maybe to revive a blue-state tradition.