Oklahoma teachers have an average salary of $42,460, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, placing them at 48th in average U.S. classroom teacher salary. Monday, April 9, 2018 moves the teach strike in Oklahoma into its second week. They continue to protest as many conservative politicians critique them, one has even compared their actions to the behavior of “teenagers”, with the support of teacher unions.
United States Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has made controversial comments about teaching, such as comparing education to “food trucks” , which have created enemies for herself. Educators and their unions have opposed DeVos since nominated for her position in 2017. DeVos, who has no education background or experience, condemned Oklahoma teachers telling them to “keep adult disagreements and disputes in a separate place.” according to the Washington Post.