State lawmakers have approved almost $450 million in new taxes and other revenues to help fund teachers' raise pay and boost other education spending since the walkout began on April 2, but the union is pushing for more action to raise overall spending by $600 million each year.
Ultimately, the governor signed legislation last week granting teachers pay raises of about $6,100, or 15 to 18 percent, as well as tens of millions of new dollars for public schools.
Every auto horn and friendly wave gives the teachers and students lining the sidewalks some assurance the public supports more funding for education.
While thousands of students remain out of school indefinitely, OEA President Alicia Priest made clear what she thinks lawmakers must do to end the teacher walkout.
The political push in Oklahoma is part of a wave of teacher rebellions in states led by conservative leaders. Scores of districts, including Oklahoma City, have announced that schools will also be closed at least through Tuesday because of the walkout.
"As teachers, our nature is the best for our students", Leah Hedger, an Edmond teacher, told News 4 during the Monday morning march to the state capitol. Organizer Noah Karvelis told The Associated Press that Ducey and GOP legislative leaders have not responded to their requests for negotiations, so they see no choice but to move to walkouts.
However, Republicans in the State House of Representatives don't appear to be listening. "We are ready to fight for our kids for the long haul". I think most people forget why we became teachers in the first place.
The Trump administration's budget, which was passed with Democratic support, included $400 million for charter school grants, a $58 million or 17 percent increase over the previous year. Supporters of the bill said the changes are necessary to save the state's pension systems.
The Republican said on KTAR radio Tuesday evening that he is concerned about talk of a possible statewide teacher strike over low school funding.
Val expressed the determination of rank-and-file teachers to continue the strike for their demands of wage and school funding increases.