teacher walkout podcast
Oklahoma educators have been rallying at the Capitol since Monday, April 2, 2018. (Andrew Winningham)

This week, the podcast team talks about the primary story in Oklahoma: an ongoing teacher walkout that has packed the Capitol with educators advocating for increased education funding.

NonDoc’s editor in chief speaks with Bryan Fried and Spencer Guinn of FKG Consulting in a teacher walkout podcast recorded Thursday afternoon, one day before the Oklahoma State Senate sent three bills to the governor.

The discussion looks back to past events that featured a similar Oklahoma State Capitol environment, such as the 1990 educator walkout and a 1978 sit-in.

The trio of Capitol insiders also talk about:

  • State Question 779’s failure in 2016
  • State Question 744’s failure in 2010
  • The “Plan A+” vote on Nov. 8, 2017
  • The Step Up Oklahoma vote on Feb. 12, 2018
  • HB 1010XX’s historic passage of new revenue
  • HB 3705‘s increased education budget for FY 2019

The podcast also focuses on political messaging, political positioning and the upcoming 2018 midterm election cycle. It features audio from an MSNBC interview with an educator named Ray Sanders. The interview was conducted by MSNBC reporter Mariana Atencio.

Catch episode 5 of How We Got Here by listening to the embedded audio file below or subscribing on Apple PodcastsPodbeanGoogle Play and Pocket Casts.

As always, please consider rating, reviewing and subscribing to How We Got Here for future podcasts. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to hear discussed, contact NonDoc here.

Catch past episodes of How We Got Here

Episode 4: Diving Deep on Medicaid
Episode 3: Let’s get gubernatorial
Episode 2: Summing up Step Up
Episode 1: Down to Brass Tax

(Editor’s note: How We Got Here is produced in partnership between NonDoc and FKG Consulting, a lobbying and public policy firm based in Oklahoma City. In each episode, all participants speak freely on the topic at hand. To view a list of FKG’s clients — including the Oklahoma Institute of Child Advocacy — go here.)