The Utah Education Association addresses funding in light of Oklahoma teacher protests

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Teachers in Oklahoma continue their protests today. They demand better pay, because the National Education Association says the ‘Sooner State’ is 49th in the country for teacher pay. Teachers say this is also about spending. Some have posted pictures of things like moldy school walls, cracked floors and tattered text books. As part of this week’s Ask the Authority segment, Heidi Matthews, the President of the Utah Education Association, joined Emily Clark, with some answers.

GMU asked you, and we asked Heidi Matthews your top 3 questions:

  1. Where does Utah stand when it comes to teacher pay compared to the rest of the country? What sets us apart?
  2. Do you think teacher walkouts, like the ones in Oklahoma and Kentucky, are possible here in Utah?
  3. A big part of the national walkouts comes from teachers having to pay out of pocket for school supplies. How is this issue being addressed?

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