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Today marks one year anniversary of Oklahoma teacher walkout

Teacher Walkout Oklahoma
Posted at 10:59 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 11:59:19-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tuesday marks one year since Oklahoma's teacher walkout, in which thousands of teachers walked out of their classrooms in seeking better education funding and higher pay from state legislators.

Teachers who were fed up with education funding rallied in front of the state Capitol for nine days.

Despite the teacher pay raise that resulted from the walkout, and the increase in funding, some local teachers at Tulsa Public Schools believe a lot more can be done by lawmakers.

The state ranks 48th in the nation in per student spending, averaging about $8,000 per student, compared to the national average of $11,000.

"The raise from last year did help," TPS teacher Sharla Clark said. "It's not going to solve all the problems because we still need funds for the classroom. We need education funding so bad."

Yesterday, state legislators failed to meet the April 1 deadline to pass an education budget. They hope to come up with one by the end of the month.

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