Oklahoma Education Association is now saying lawmakers just need to raise another $50 million in revenue for the state budget, and they'll send educators back to school.
Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest school district, and Tulsa Public Schools said Monday they will remain closed on Tuesday, extending the second week of the statewide teacher walkout.
The House convened Tuesday morning but the Republican leadership continued to deflect calls from Democrats to consider a repeal of the capital gains tax deduction.
But the package wasn't almost as much as educators demanded, so major school districts shuttered and the walkout ensued.
A chart the OEA posted on social media pages on Wednesday said that $479 million of the requested $506 million for schools and teachers.
"I think it will continue ... until they see the fully funded education bills that need to be passed", said Kingsgate Elementary Principal Karie Hill, one of many administrators who joined teachers at the Capitol.
Lorry Curtis is a first grade teacher at Ryan and after 24 years, she's been working to support her family and also her students. Or is what little funding given to us the best we are going to get for funding our education?
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Oklahoma's own governor Mary Fallin believes all the school administrators want is a pay raise.
"Teachers were mainly saying how much they miss their students", she said.
The countless teachers I encountered during my schooling in Oklahoma made our education their goal, whether by bringing their own electronics to class like TVs and radios, or buying our supplies when there were kids in need of them. "Not only Ryan students but all Oklahoma students".
In fact, Taylor says he is at the Capitol for a completely different reason.
"We fully support the walkout and we are very thankful that we have other schools in the area participating", Curtis said.
But Custred, the Edmond history teacher, said she expected lawmakers to get more done during the walkout. She asked lawmakers to move on to other issues.