Val expressed the determination of rank-and-file teachers to continue the strike for their demands of wage and school funding increases. Educators in other states, increasingly angry over stagnating wages, are also considering walk-outs. "You'll be lucky if we have a job for you next year, '" Baez said.
Over 1,000 teachers, students and parents marched to the capitol Monday, according to teachers who marched.
"Some of our teachers, they told us that they're not looking forward to this", Buschman said. The group has grown to about 40,000 members since it was organized following a strike in West Virginia in early March.
Teachers went on strike last week after lawmakers passed a funding package that offered only about $50 million for schools, where students have grappled with outdated, crumbling textbooks and shortened weeks, and many teachers have been forced to pay for school supplies out-of-pocket for years-even as they're paid some of the lowest education wages in the country.
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Fallin signed the bill Tuesday as well as two other measures to generate new revenue to help pay for teacher pay raises and public classroom needs.
The teachers' massive protest has already yielded some action by legislators.
The president of the Oklahoma Education Association said before the walkout can end, lawmakers must pass a bill ending the state's capital gains tax deduction, and the governor must veto the repeal of a hotel-motel tax bill.
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Fallin recently approved a $6,100 pay raise for teachers, but Oklahoma teachers said this is not enough.
She was using Facebook Messenger to talk with the 15-year-old and orchestrate their meetups, police said.
They are also determining how many days they'd be willing to support a teacher walkout.
"We are not being greedy", Lynn Tucker, a first grade teacher in Broken Arrow, said. But the package wasn't almost as much as educators demanded, so major school districts shuttered and the walkout ensued.
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Demonstrators walk along NE 36th St.in the final leg of a 110 mile trip from Tulsa to the state Capitol, as protests continue over school funding, in Oklahoma City, April 10, 2018.