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Teachers, students and supporters of increased education funding pack the south side of the state Capitol during the eighth day of a walkout by Oklahoma teachers, in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 9, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Teachers, students and supporters of increased education funding pack the south side of the state Capitol during the eighth day of a walkout by Oklahoma teachers, in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 9, 2018. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The standoff between Oklahoma teachers and the state legislature moves into its 10th day today, but Gov. Mary Fallin wants the legislature to begin focusing on other business after signing a repeal of the newly passed hotel tax: 

In a news release announcing her approval Tuesday of House Bill 1012xx and two other revenue measures, she said these would be the final education funding bills considered this year. She encouraged lawmakers to focus their attention on other issues like criminal justice and the funding needs of other core state services.

Meanwhile, someteachers are discouragedwith the legislature's refusal to consider other funding measures for schools: 

As the Oklahoma teacher walkout continues, some teachers say they are feeling a mixture of emotions. 

"I feel camaraderie, hope and passion for public education," said Christine Custred, a history teacher from Edmond Memorial High School. "But equally discouraging and disheartening."

Teachers continue to advocate for a substantial increase in public school funding, but are unsure what more the Legislature is willing to do. 

"My heart wants to be encouraged, but I am a little pessimistic," said Mary Means, a special education teacher from Luther High School.  


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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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