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US Is a four-day school week the answer to low teacher pay?

16:55  07 march  2018
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Students walk out to support teacher suspended over Fla. shooting comments

  Students walk out to support teacher suspended over Fla. shooting comments Timothy Locke was placed on administrative leave after voicing his concerns over security at Cherry Hill High School East . Locke said a similar shooting could take place at the school and said two police officers are not armed on campus, The Associated Press reports.After Locke voiced his concerns, a student was so distraught she was escorted by another teacher to the principal's office. The incident led to the school's decision to suspend Locke.On Tuesday, the students marched along a nearby street and around the school track to support Locke. Some parents attended the march to support the students.

Teachers in Oklahoma could be the next to go on strike over low wages after a nine-day teachers' strike in West Virginia ended Tuesday when the governor signed a bill for a five percent pay raise. Oklahoma educators are the second lowest paid in the U.S. with an average salary of about $45,000 per year. 

Talk of a walkout there comes after some schools switched to a four-day school week to try to make up for low pay. One Oklahoma school moved to the shortened schedule in 2016 to cut costs and while it didn't save much, they noticed that more experienced teachers applied for jobs there.

Teacher in custody after Georgia police respond to report of shots fired

  Teacher in custody after Georgia police respond to report of shots fired A teacher was arrested after police responded to reports of shots fired at a high school in Georgia. The Dalton Police Department tweeted at about 12:30 p.m. that a subject, believed to be a teacher, was barricaded in a classroom at Dalton High School. No children were hurt or in danger, police said.There is a barricaded subject in a classroom. It is believed to be a teacher.- Dalton Police (@DaltonPD) February 28, 2018Dalton High School is located in northwest Georgia, near the Tennessee-Georgia border.The incident comes two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

How 2 Arizona teachers are making ends meet

Jalaine Watham teaches second grade at Bridge Creek Public School outside Oklahoma City. Although teachers in her state make some of the lowest wages in the country, she loves working a shortened four-day school week, reports CBS News' Omar Villafranca. 

 "It has allowed that weekend time with my family, but I also really truly feel like it has made me a better teacher by being purposeful and looking at time management," Watham said.

a person sitting at a table with a laptop: Jalaine Watham © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Jalaine Watham

Two-hundred and ten of the state's schools operate on a four-day schedule. Many stay-at-home parents we spoke to in this community endorsed the shortened week. 

 "It's that extra day. You're like, I feel like I have a whole entire day with my kid," said one parent. 

Georgia teacher arrested after firing gunshot alone in school classroom

  Georgia teacher arrested after firing gunshot alone in school classroom A high school teacher in Georgia who barricaded himself inside a classroom on Wednesday with students locked out in the hallway was arrested after the principal tried to force open the door and the instructor fired a gunshot, police said. No students were hurt, except for a girl who suffered a minor ankle injury while running in the pandemonium that followed from the lunchtime incident at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the state capital, police said. Load Error After responding to reports of gunfire at the school, police said they found the teacher holed up inside a classroom.

But state superintendent of instruction, Joy Hofmeister, worries about the long-term impact on students. Oklahoma's public school system requires students to attend at least 180 days or 1,080 hours of school per year. Shorter weeks mean longer days which can range from 40 minutes to an hour more in some cases. 

"We are losing valuable time to sustain momentum and grow," Hofmeister said. "Just extending more minutes to the day is not actually the same as having more days in the calendar year." 

Bridge Creek Superintendent David Morrow says his district cut down the school week to recruit teachers in 2016 amid a statewide teacher shortage due to low pay.

"When we were on the five-day school week, I had three openings at our elementary school and had four applicants…. Same three openings now and you have 15 to 20 applicants," Morrow said. 

The average teaching salary in Oklahoma is the lowest of its neighbors. Teachers in nearby Texas make nearly $7,000 more. Following recent strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma teachers are now debating a strike of their own.   

Oklahoma teachers might follow West Virginia in strike, walk outs

  Oklahoma teachers might follow West Virginia in strike, walk outs Public schools in West Virginia remained closed today for the eighth instructional day and teachers in Oklahoma might be the next to walk out statewide, officials said. Echoing West Virginia teachers grievances for more pay and more staff, Oklahoma teachers and a newly formed group "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time Is Now!" are calling for the state's 41,000 teachers to walk off the job as soon as April 2, the group's leader said.

Asked if she's prepared for a possible walkout on April 2, Jalaine Watham said it would be "the most difficult decision" she's ever made.  "I can't imagine not being here," she said.

Teacher organizations plan to announce a possible walk out date soon. One of the dates they are considering is April 2, which is significant because that is the first day of state testing in Oklahoma. Teachers are asking for a $10,000 pay raise over the next three years. 

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Teacher, reserve cop accidentally fires gun in class, police say .
Gun was pointed at ceiling when it went off in Seaside, Calif. high school and bullet fragments slightly hurt one student, authorities saySEASIDE, Calif. -- A teacher accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom here on Tuesday afternoon and a student was slightly hurt, authorities said. Dennis Alexander was teaching public safety for his Administration of Justice class in Seaside High School when a shot went off around 1:20 p.m., reports CBS Monterey, California affiliate KION-TV.

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