As Teachers Walk Out, an 'Unofficial Anthem' Emerges

Protesters in multiple states adopt 'We're Not Going to Take It' by Twisted Sister
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2018 5:33 AM CDT
The crowd cheers during a teacher rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday, April 2, 2018.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – Many schools were expected to be closed Tuesday throughout Oklahoma as teachers there continue their walkout for higher pay for a second straight day, reports CNN. Teachers in Kentucky also protested Monday—following the lead of their colleagues in West Virginia earlier this year—but most schools were expected to be back open in that state on Tuesday. As the protests unfold, the Washington Post detects a theme, not only in those three states but in teachers' marches elsewhere, too. That would be the 1984 song "We're Not Going to Take It" by Twisted Sister. Listen to teachers sing it Monday in Oklahoma and in Kentucky.

“You can tell they’re teachers because that’s the last new song they heard,” joked Seth Meyers, picking up on the trend when it surfaced in West Virginia. "I know they’re striking for better pay and health insurance but they could also save the school money for a prom band." The Post sees it as the "unofficial anthem" of the teachers' movement. It's not clear how long schools will stay closed in Oklahoma, but the state's three largest school districts, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Edmond, are extending spring break at least one more day, per the AP.

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