Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a hero of the anti-tax movement, urged citizens to challenge their Republican legislators who voted for the plan.
"For years they have been adding more and more and more on to teachers and we have been putting up with all of it", Sudduth, 29, said.
"Our win for kids today was only possible because of the energy educators and students have brought to the Capitol this week", Priest said in a written statement. "We are walking to advocate for our students", she says.
The protests have brought attention to deep cuts in public school budgets that have forced teachers to take multiple jobs and left classrooms in disrepair.
Mary Fallin (R) said the teachers striking for improved pay and benefits are asking for too much, like "a teenager wanting a better auto".
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teacher pay hikes of about $6,100 and providing tens of millions of new dollars for public schools.
"We've always shown a roadmap forward, and the Legislature has had all the opportunities to make the votes and pass the funding", Priest said. After Republicans there approved massive personal income tax cuts beginning in 2012, budget shortfalls put a lid on education funding increases.
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Public schools in Oklahoma are closed this week as teachers strike for better pay and resources.
Thousands of teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma rallied at both state Capitols this week in an effort to get lawmakers to approve additional educational funding.
That was not enough for the teachers, who are seeking $10,000 over three years.
Another student, Farzaneh said, "My teachers taught me that if you want to change something, do it".
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Lexington Public Schools continues to be closed indefinitely.
Arizona educators and others are showing support for a push to increase classroom funding and teacher pay with "walk-in" protests outside Phoenix-area schools.
Hazell has taught science classes at Durant High School for 35 years. Similar protests were held in Phoenix, Mesa and Gilbert. But it's not clear if the measures will satisfy complaints by the state's teachers, which have led to walkouts and widespread protests this week. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has said he is sticking to a 1 percent increase.
On top of low wages, Oklahoma teachers grapple with poor classroom conditions, crumbling textbooks, and limited seating.
Outside, despite cold weather, thousands of educators and supporters from across the state appeared content to stay at the Capitol until lawmakers represented their wishes.
According to the Oklahoma Education Association, the state's biggest teachers' union, the crowd was the biggest it's been all week.
"The legislature is trying to push this as long as they can to set parents against teachers", said the Rev. Evan Taylor, who has a son in the Tulsa school system and has shown his support by opening up his church as an impromptu day care site while schools are closed.
On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed part of the 2019 fiscal year appropriations bill, allocating almost $2.9 billion for K-12 schools - a almost 20 percent increase over current funding levels.
The state ranks 49th in the nation in teacher salaries, according to the National Education Association, in a list that includes Washington, D.C. Only Mississippi and South Dakota rank lower than Oklahoma.
As Oklahoma's teacher work stoppage continued into it's third day, no one knows how long it will last or what exactly it will take to satisfy the thousands of teachers cramming into the state Capitol.