Ada schools close for teacher walk out

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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - "They needed to make a stand and they need to make a difference and show people that, this is not okay," Parent Jenifer Chaffin said.

Chaffin, a mother of three, says she's supporting the teacher walk out.

"I think teachers are really stepping up and really trying to make a change, and saying enough is enough," Chaffin said.

The district closed Monday for a teacher advocacy day.

It reopened Tuesday and Wednesday.

After polling teachers across the district, Superintendent Mike Anderson says teachers need more time with their representatives at the capitol.

"I think all of us, wish (even those that are up there today) wish there was another way to get this done," Anderson said.

Anderson plans to continue sending an advocacy planning committee to the capitol in the weeks to come.

He says he hopes more parents will get involved.

"Possibly taking some students with us, it could be a great lesson in government and civics ... I mean there's a learning experience here for every classroom and subject area," Anderson said.

Ada schools is providing breakfast and lunch for students during the closure.

"They're looking out for the kids while they're teachers are up at the capitol and standing out with signs," Chaffin said.

All student activities will continue through Saturday.
The district will reopen on Monday.

"Our work isn't done, but I think we're moving in the right direction--I'm confident that the state of Oklahoma is moving in the right direction," Anderson said.