"When talking to West Virginia teachers, they told me the most important day of the walkout was the 2nd Monday", posted Alberto Morejon, the organizer of the "Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - The Time is Now!"
While lawmakers took up bills last week on a third-party internet sales tax and ball and dice casino gaming, this week has lacked a focus on specific legislation. Those two measures would provide the state with $22 million and $20 million respectively. While Senate leaders said it will not add any income to this year's education funding, the Oklahoma Education Association said it would help in the long run.
That's not enough for teachers, who are demanding an additional $50 million in recurring funding for education.
Emboldened by support from across the country, Oklahoma teachers are swarming the state Capitol for a second week in their quest for more resources.
The House convened Tuesday morning but the Republican leadership continued to deflect calls from Democrats to consider a repeal of the capital gains tax deduction. Filing for office starts Wednesday.
For numerous thousands of teachers who have gathered at the Capitol since April 2, the daily rally has been a show of support for public education that can be uplifting in a profession that can often feel isolating. According to KOSU, OEA Vice President Katherine Bishop said that even if there isn't enough funding for this year, there needs to be recurring revenue for the future and it can't be a one-time stipend. In exchange we wouldn't hear the capital gains tax. Republican senators have proposed wind tax credit reform.
Some teachers are less optimistic this week.
"I'm just here to encourage the representatives because they're being bombarded", he said.
Ashley Barker, a pre-K teacher, said her students embraced her and didn't want to let go. Or is what little funding given to us the best we are going to get for funding our education?