The state legislature has approved an increase in teacher pay, but teachers still haven’t returned to their classrooms, demanding more funding for education in a state that has slashed it dramatically—and paid the price.
Hundreds of Oklahoma teachers left their houses in the early hours of Monday morning. But instead of heading into their classrooms, they drove and walked in groups of dozens or more to their state capitol in Oklahoma City, wearing red T-shirts, waving signs, and shouting slogans, forming a giant mass encircling the entire building.
Neither teachers nor Oklahomans are known for being particularly confrontational. But, as many of the teachers I spoke with told me, they are so fed up with the state of education funding that they took the fight straight to their lawmakers.