The Oklahoma Teachers Strike Has Ended

With peaceful walk-ins, Arizona teachers gauge support for walkouts, closing schools

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.

Under the deal, Oklahoma schools will receive $479 million from the state next year.

"We need to face reality", said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association.

On Friday, a few thousands teachers gathered on the south plaza and inside the Capitol.

DeSoto County School District also released a statement after the incident that said, "The substitute in question will no longer be allowed to provide services in any of the Desoto County Schools". He denied facilitating the fights and said he thought the students were just being "rambunctious".

Several major school districts remained closed on Friday, however, including Oklahoma City Public Schools. Although lawmakers passed some bills teachers lobbied for last week, lawmakers still refused to meet all of teacher's demands.

KFOR-TV reports Moore Public Schools held an emergency meeting Wednesday night because teachers were angry with their superintendent's decision to resume classes.

"Oklahoma City's teachers have been barnstorming the capitol to secure everything they can and want to be back in the classroom, teaching".

Teachers did not win the repeal of the capital gains tax exemption that they pushed for this week, which would reportedly would bring in $120 million annually.

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On Thursday, the OEA announced that it had polled its members and learned that 70 percent were not sure if any additional funding would be found even if the walkout continued.

One teacher described his feelings by quoting the end of "The Hollow Men" poem, saying, "This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper".

The district plans to open up its worksite clinic this fall.

"We deserve it. We work really hard for our students to have a better education", she said.

"Those lawmakers are refusing to cross the finish line", Priest said. "He added that he and the students are close in age and said 'I'm immature".

Priest touted what teachers have accomplished so far by walking out. "The truth is I'm an idiot and wanted to befriend them".

In announcing an end to the walkout, the Oklahoma Education Association said it was now focused on the November elections.

"Our goal for this year was $75 million, and we ended up with $70 million this year and $22 million additional next year", Jacobs said.

After nine days of national attention, the statewide teacher walkout in Oklahoma appears to be coming to an end.

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