Cache High School students got their representative’s thoughts on planned teacher walkouts during a visit to the Capitol.
Rep. Jeff Coody said the $10,000 raise for teachers and raises for state employees that educators are demanding will cost roughly one-third of what the legislature appropriates each year, so he has an unfavorable view of their planned April 2 walkouts.
"Honestly, it’s akin to extortion. It’s probably not doable, and you all are going to suffer as a result of it," Coody told the students Monday.
Coody said students’ preparation for standardized testing will be interrupted. Students shot back they’re already suffering because underfunded schools have made their classes too big and cut offerings like Advanced Placement courses.
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