Some Schools Reopen As Oklahoma Teacher Walkout Stretches Into Day Nine

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Oklahoma teachers carried their walkout over school funding and higher pay into a ninth day on Tuesday as the Republican party governor signed school revenue bills that fell short of their demands.

The Oklahoma strike comes amid a wave of action by teachers in states where budgets have been slashed, as measured by per-student spending, over the past decade.

A group of teachers marched over 100 miles from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, where the state capitol is.

Teachers, students and others from across the state have been protesting in the state Capitol and elsewhere for more than a week demanding increased education funding.

While the states experiencing protests are among the most severely affected - Reuters notes that they "have some of the lowest per-student spending in the country" - the effects of reduced public revenues and spending can be seen in national data as well. They are asking the Oklahoma Legislature to provide $50 million more in funding and to repeal a capital gains tax exemption.

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Since late March, lawmakers have approved almost $450 million in new taxes and revenue to help fund teachers' pay and education, but that is still short of the $600 million being sought by teachers.

The strike has garnered strong public backing, with a statewide survey from Sooner Poll last Friday showing that 72.1 per cent of respondents supported the walkout. Educators in other states, increasingly angry over stagnating wages, are also considering walkouts.

"As far as this year, we've accomplished a whole lot, and I just don't know how much more we can get done this session", state Representative John Pfeiffer, a House floor leader and top Republican lawmaker, told the local Fox affiliate on Tuesday.

Teachers want a $10,000 raise over three years.

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