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The number of teachers vowing to run for office was one sign of the walkout's success, said Kelly Craig, a fifth-grade teacher in Oklahoma City. OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley said, "Recent discussions focus exclusively on education funding and exclude public safety, veterans' services, mental health, protective services, or any other state agency services".

Teachers have said they appreciate the raise, but argued that more funding was needed for supplies and to reduce class sizes, among other things.

In the Bluegrass State, restive teachers have not launched a statewide strike, but have forced one round of school closures as they gathered in the state capital to protest a GOP pension "reform" bill, and could force another one as legislators return from a recess. In that budget, included an average $6,100 pay raise per teacher, which was funded through a $447 million revenue bill. "I know most of the time, they d not have an opponent" says Terri Graves, a teacher from Quapaw Middle School.

The demonstrations over the last two weeks brought attention to dire conditions in some Oklahoma public schools - left to wither in disrepair and lacking basic supplies.

"We though just putting that one question out there would give us an idea how the community felt", said Hall.

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

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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. Now marriages hope to disperse the communication that conservative guidelines lead that teachers and mothers and fathers are protesting.

Royer said she wanted to see the income taxes raised on high earners as a means to provide additional dollars to the classroom.

Oklahoma teachers have reacted defiantly to the Oklahoma Education Association's (OEA) call to end their two-week strike.

Ms. DeArman said she planned to vote this year and would be carefully considering candidates' education platforms.

"The movement didn't start with OEA, I'm not sure it's the best decision to stop when OEA says it's over", said Greg Oppel, a teacher from Edmond Memorial High School. Other districts sent delegations but kept classes open.

During the discussion this reporter said that the most powerful action of the West Virginia teachers was when they defied the back-to-work order of the unions, and that Oklahoma teachers should do the same.

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