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The outcome of the struggle in Oklahoma was being watched carefully in Kentucky, where some school districts will be closed on Friday as teachers demonstrate in favor of education funding, as well as in Arizona, where a teacher movement calling itself #RedforEd is demanding raises and more money for schools.

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. Many teachers defied the KEA mandate, angrily stating on social media that they would stay out until their demands for pensions and education funding were won.

Schools Superintendent, William Hall, said on Tuesday that the sticks were largely symbolic - a "last resort" for teachers who want to fight back, not just hide and wait.

"We have been at the state capitol for the last two weeks, doing everything we can to try to get as much as possible for the children of Oklahoma".

Another teacher's union, the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, announced it will poll members throughout Friday on whether to return to the classroom.

"OEA didn't give us that leadership that we needed", she said.

StateImpact Oklahoma's Emily Wendler reports on the Oklahoma Education Association's announcement.

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The school is just in the beginning phase of allowing teachers to hide carry, that starts with a public hearing, which will be held on April 17 just before the school board meeting. Before teachers walked out on April 2, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill giving teachers a $6,100 raise.

"For urban districts, state aid is not as stable, so it is more hard to provide services", Watson said. In a New York Times article declaring the Oklahoma strike over, AFT President Randi Weingarten expressed hope that teachers' anger could be diverted behind a campaign to elect Democrats in the 2018 elections.

"We start with a fertilized chicken egg and they track the progress for 21 days, and then at the end of the 21 days they have a baby chick", said Sonntag.

Although the walkout is over, some Oklahoma teachers have been inspired and have taken it upon themselves to run for state House and Senate seats.

Royer said she wanted to see the income taxes raised on high earners as a means to provide additional dollars to the classroom. If they are not, he said schools should send delegates.

"What we're asking for is revenue streams that will be sustainable from this point forward, so that this walkout doesn't have to happen again in the coming years", she said.

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