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>> We love our students.>> It worked in West Virginia. Now teachers in Oklahoma are threatening to follow suit and strike for higher pay.>> We demand that the legislature pass a budget with the necessary revenue to provide teachers and support professionals a significant pay raise.>> Oklahoma teachers are ranked 49th in the nation, for salary levels.
They haven't seen a pay raise in ten years.>> Frustration levels are high, so a strike is not a touchy word anymore.>> The teachers are giving lawmakers until April 1st to act, and if they don't the teachers say they'll go on strike.>> If we do it the first week of April, that would be during standardized state testing, which would be a good time to say, hey we're going on strike, and we're not gonna give these tests.
>> It will be a tough fight. The state has been battling budget cuts for the past several years and legislators say their hands may be tied.>> We have 700,000 students in the state of Oklahoma are depending on them->> But the teachers say they're standing firm until they see better salaries, just like their colleagues in West Virginia.