Hundreds of parents fill Oklahoma capitol after teacher walkout ends

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 18:17:02-04

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- On Monday teachers officially passed the torch onto parents, and once again hundreds filled the capitol.

"I think for a long time the state has had a big lack of accountability. The teachers will never know how great this movement was and how much accountability was brought forth," Bixby parent Audra Brown said.

Despite most schools being back in session, some teachers found substitutes and made their way to the capitol. They told us the climate has changed, and they do feel deflated.

"I have had classes the size of 43 in a math class that's co-teaching, with ELL students as well. I think we need better funding," Broken Arrow teacher Penny Stanton said.

This crowd continued to meet with lawmakers. Some were greeted with slammed doors, while others are keeping the conversation open.

"They're all pro education. They want us to keep coming back. They still believe there's funding to be had for public education and they're really big advocates for that," Jenks resident Kori Dillingham said.

Some met with the OEA as well, to ask why the walkout ended based on comments from lawmakers that there would be no additional funding for education.

"We heard that the first day we came. That's why we were here. I still believe there's changes to be made. I think delegations can be incredibly effective in taking those steps," Dillingham said.

Districts across the state are working with teachers and parents to plan delegate groups moving forward.

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