Though walkout participants insist they want more than just an increase in teacher pay, the rest of the education funding depends on the decisions and actions of state legislators - and the response of the students, teachers and parents who have crowded into and around the Oklahoma State Capitol for almost two weeks.
The decision to end the Oklahoma walkout was met with mixed reaction from teachers, some of whom said OEA ended the walkout prematurely.
Ed Allen, president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, said his members would vote Thursday night on how to proceed.
As I stated we must focus on what is best for our children's educational growth and not what scores they receive to make the schools or the teachers look better.
Virgin's post has been shared more than 1,400 times. All public schools in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the state's two largest cities, were shuttered for almost two weeks of classes.
Some parents, as sympathetic as many were to the teachers' fight for education funding, were struggling to figure out how to get childcare as the strike continued.
After years of stagnant wages, teachers had called for a pay increase of $10,000 over three years and a raise of $5,000 for support professionals. Before teachers walked out on April 2, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill giving teachers a $6,100 raise.
Labor Education spokeswoman Susan Close said in opposition the Liberals were silent on the $210 million cut from SA funding. The repeal of the $5 tax on hotels and motels meant the loss of about $50 million in projected revenue. Lanae DeArman of Sulphur, Okla., joined picketing lecturers in the Capitol, lobbying her representatives to improve earnings to fund education.
Two days later, on Wednesday, April 4, OEA was pushing for the passage of two pieces of legislation to increase school funding. The state will also allow ball and dice gambling, which will be taxed. The bats prompted a flurry of media coverage, some of it mocking, but Hall said that the bats were mostly symbolic to remind teachers to fight against violence, not to actually be used as a weapon. After their passage, Republican lawmakers warned they would be the last revenue measures heard on their floor. They reiterated their want for lawmakers to pass the bill ending some exemptions on capital gains taxes.
He claimed outside of court Thursday that he didn't organize the fights and that they broke out because he was an inexperienced teacher.
Following that rejection, OEA rolled back its demand by nearly two-thirds. They didn't give us the right numbers that we needed.
"Kids care about animals so they know that the chicks wouldn't hatch if it wasn't quiet, so they whisper", said Treadwell.
The strike, which was initiated by rank-and-file teachers using social media, followed the nine-day strike by West Virginia teachers, one-day strikes at schools in Puerto Rico and Jersey City, New Jersey, and demands for walkouts by teachers in Kentucky, Arizona and other states.