Before we get started, I’d like to offer my deepest, sorry-but-not-sorry apology for TLO’s lack of round the clock, “click me! click me!” coverage of the Teachers Walkout. Here are two good excuses:
1. TLO is not a traditional for-profit news site. Although we occasionally break stories, we like to document, digest and recap events from the sidelines. It’s our niche and something we do well, but a constantly changing and developing news item like the the Teachers Walkout isn’t very conducive to that style. It seems like every time I’d develop an angle or idea for a post, something would come along to change it. Now that things are winding down, we can step in and do our thing.
2. My girlfriend and I will be welcoming our baby Harper to the world sometime in the next 1 – 30 days. I’ve been working a lot behind the scenes to get this site, and my life, ready for that moment. In addition to that, I turn 40 today. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
With all that going on, I thought it would be fun to pull a page from the Found Ogle’s playbook and let our readers provide some easy content for me. Last night, I posted the following question on Twitter for our new “Your 2 Rants” feature:
What are your hot takes on OEA calling for an end to the Teacher Walkout? Victory? Defeat? Digestive issues from too much free pizza? Let us know for tomorrow’s edition of “Your 2 Rants.”
— The Lost Ogle (@TheLostOgle) April 13, 2018
We got a pretty good stack of replies. Check out some of my favorite responses in our new series “Your 2 Rants.”
Feels very similar to Thunder basketball- we can have the lead and the momentum and then choke in the 4th quarter
— Kaylie McAllister (@kayymcallister) April 13, 2018
OEA does not speak for the majority of us. They hopped on the coattails of a movement started by teachers and have used it to stay relevant. Alicia Priest talks out of both sides of her mouth and can no longer keep track of her lies…pure word vommit. #AnotherFallinTroll
— #ThunderUp (@coacht4christ) April 13, 2018
should have called it quit last week if they were going to end it today. Would have ended on a much higher note. Now, the OEA has their own turning against them and everyone else.
— Matthew Gaylor (@MatthewGaylor) April 13, 2018
Teachers got bamboozled
— Sean Lawson (@benlawson420) April 13, 2018
Oea is trying to be relevant. They were never in charge. 40,000 teachers have enough leverage to get anything they want-if they’re united.
— Jim Wilson (@senwilson) April 13, 2018
A lot of very stable geniuses on both sides.
— Bob 🐷 📎 (@_elpuerco) April 13, 2018
Tough call. Testing is looming but when Coburn offered to kill our raises, we should’ve ramped back up and demanded legislation EARMARKED for Education. I feel like we helped okleg get their work done but at the end of the day, what $$ was ADDED?
— Regina Kenton (@R_Kenton) April 13, 2018
OEA does not have unlimited funds. I’m ok with deciding it was time to change tactics. It is a marathon not a sprint.
— Betty B Hancock (@BettyBowenArt) April 13, 2018
I am afraid that the OEA/teachers did not take into consideration that they weren’t dealing with “normal”people. The majority #okleg would do absolutely anything to “win” They wanted to pass Step-Up to please their bosses…didn’t happen
— Gaylan Oliver (@grayoliver) April 13, 2018
OEA made the teacher movement look weak every time they contradicted their own message. I think most teachers just looked at each other like who gave that lady the mic.
— Scribbler (@SunflowerPoet) April 13, 2018
— Kristin O’Dell (@mathandsushi) April 13, 2018