The walkout will continue April 3, as OKC public schools and others have already canceled classes for Tuesday, according to News 9.
This strike goes beyond issues of pay. Oklahoma educators are some of the lowest-paid in the country. Oklahoma teachers are paid, on average, less than teachers in almost every other state, at $42,460 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Most of the Oklahoma teachers walked out of classrooms across the state to attend the rally in Oklahoma City.
"This can't end today", Priest told the crowd in front of the state capitol. The new law also raises taxes on cigarettes, fuel, and oil and gas production. The tax breaks ultimately led to a 24 percent reduction in per pupil funding over the same time period.
Reuter said, "We are serious about education funding and our students". She and Western Heights counselors Laura Castrop and Karen Clark said they feel like they're being bullied by their school board and superintendent.
Priest said the organization is asking for teachers to receive a pay raise of $10,000 per year, as well as additional funding to the tune of $200 million over the next three years.
"If I didn't have a second job, I'd be on food stamps", said Rae Lovelace, a single mom and a third-grade teacher at Leedey Public Schools in northwest Oklahoma who works 30 to 40 hours a week at a second job teaching online courses for a charter school.
Traci Hanna teaches math and has a master's in education.
Chisholm teachers had a small send off early Monday morning as they headed south to the Capitol.
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Oklahoma teachers haven't had a raise in a decade of Republican control and they won raises of between 15 and 18 percent. Those tax increases on tobacco, gas, diesel fuel and the gross production tax will go into effect August 1.
Second, the diminished power of the unions has led to the rise of grassroots organization via social media platforms.
In Oklahoma, teachers like Cagle have stepped up, discontent with union leadership.
This wave of teacher-led actions around the country was kicked off when teachers in West Virginia emerged victorious from a almost two-week strike earlier this month. "We had 70 percent turnover in the last five years in my school", he says. The shortage is acutely felt in places like Edmond Public Schools, which now has more than two dozen positions open in its middle and high schools.
"The strike and its strong outcome should be seen as a shot across the bow to every lawmaker who may underestimate the support teachers have, the hard job they do and their willingness to stand up for what they deserve as they educate the next generation", Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers' West Virginia branch, said.
The tax break cost Oklahoma's state budget as much as $470 million in fiscal year 2015 alone. Their work has included setting up childcare to ease the burden on working parents, and offering meals for low-income children who might otherwise miss a meal when school is closed.
"Not only do I hope that we can get a raise for our teachers, but we need more funding for our education", she said. Arizona teachers rallied at their state Capitol in March in response to multiple tax cut bills that are appearing before the state legislature.
The teachers are striking despite the governor's recent efforts, as the state would require significant advancements and funding to overcome the sub-par learning conditions.
Erin McHenry-Sober is an assistant professor of higher education at West Virginia University.