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In Arizona, the moment of truth has not definitively arrived, though teachers are threatening a statewide walkout if a broad range of demands (similar to those of Oklahoma teachers) from pay raises to retroactive education funding restoration are not met. She said 77 percent of the union's members doubted any more funding would come if the strike continued.

The former substitute initially said he was unaware of most fights, or considered them "horse play". "We will fight up and down every ballot to elect people who believe in public education and who will invest in our public schools and kids", said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

"If other dollars from the state can help support teacher salaries and so forth, then that allows me to be able to provide more services to families".

Kim Coil juggles a busy schedule including being a full-time history teacher at Francis Howell North High School. Fallin also signed a bill that raised education funding over the next fiscal year by $50 million.

Tens of thousands of teachers, students and other supporters had rallied in Oklahoma City and swarmed the state Capitol building since April 2.

"It's just really hard to be gone and we are always conscientious of what our students are missing when we are not there and how that's going to impact them", Coil said.

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"We hold substitute teachers to the same high standards as our full-time teachers", said Polk County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd.

The demonstrations over the last two weeks brought attention to dire conditions in some Oklahoma public schools - left to wither in disrepair and lacking basic supplies. "Tomorrow, we will take a vote of OK City teachers on whether to return to the classroom".

"Those lawmakers are refusing to cross the finish line", Priest said.

"I think we've all learned a valuable lesson here and our goal is to learn from our mistakes".

Alberto Morejon, the eighth grade social studies teacher at Stillwater Junior High School who started the Facebook page organizing a walkout that now has nearly 80,000 members, wrote that Stillwater teachers will still be at the capitol on Thursday.

Oppel said some teachers were eager to remain at the Capitol, especially as there is talk the Legislature might consider taxes increase on wind energy production, potentially raising new revenue for schools. "At the time, based on the initial video that I viewed and the information I was provided, I didn't feel that this was a law enforcement matter".

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