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Saul Bowman
April 11, 2018

Oklahoma teachers rallied at the state Capitol Tuesday on the seventh day of their walkout as classes remained canceled in the state's largest school districts. The second bill, a "ball and dice" tax for gambling, is not expected to increase this year's education funding, but could generate income in the future.

The Republican said on KTAR radio Tuesday evening that he is concerned about talk of a possible statewide teacher strike over low school funding. "Everything is in their corner". But the package wasn't almost as much as educators demanded, so major school districts shuttered and the walkout ensued.

Fallin recently approved a $6,100 pay raise for teachers, but Oklahoma teachers said this is not enough.

Senate Floor Leader Greg Treat, a key negotiator on the budget, said union leaders are shifting their focus. That ignited protests in other Republican-led states, including Kentucky and Arizona.

Fallin, a lame-duck governor in her final year, has had scant success in recent years pushing her agenda, despite overwhelming GOP majorities in both chambers.

Teachers are demanding a pay raise and for lawmakers to secure new funding for education while not shifting money from other programs to do so.

Many teachers already are back at work, especially in rural communities where local boards didn't vote to shut down.

In one of the largest turnouts since the statewide strike by Oklahoma teachers began on April 2, thousands of educators and their supporters protested inside and outside the state capitol in Oklahoma City Monday, as the walkout by almost 40,000 teachers began its second week. They are asking the Oklahoma Legislature to provide $50 million more in funding and to repeal a capital gains tax exemption.

The push from teachers for a walkout seemed to grow following the March 21 teacher sickout that closed nine West Valley schools, and again after Oklahoma teachers walked out on April 2. "And, I think they'll be surprised because we're teachers, we're patient people". "So, we're going to continue doing what's best". Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems. She said the strike will continue until the state increases funding for basic needs such as textbooks, supplies, chairs and desks.

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