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Teacher candidacies surge in wake of spring walkouts

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 12:08:01-04

Many of the teachers who converged on their state capitols in protest this past spring are hoping to return soon -- this time as lawmakers.

Hundreds of teachers are running for office in November elections. They say they want to be at the table when legislatures make decisions about public education spending and teacher wages, issues that were at the root of walkouts in states including Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Union counts put the number of educators nationwide on ballots for offices from school board to state legislature at more than 300.

In Oklahoma alone, more than half the 100 educators who filed for office survived last month's primaries.

For some, a win will mean giving up teaching because legislative sessions overlap the school year.

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