>> While many of Oklahoma's teachers have walked off the job this week, some have already walked across state lines in search of higher paying opportunities. Reuters' correspondent Jon Herskovitz is in Austin, Texas.>> A lot of them are coming to neighboring states, especially in Texas. As some data has suggested, over the past several years, it's been about 3,500 teachers from Oklahoma, maybe a 5 to 8% of all the teachers in Oklahoma have come to Texas because the average pay is about 30% higher.
This is causing a drag in Oklahoma because teachers are leaving the state, kind of like economic refugees, to the neighboring states.>> In 2016 a Reuters' special investigation found that a decision by Oklahoma lawmakers to keep giving tax breaks to energy companies, in effort to lure frackers, resulted in a lack of tax revenues.
That forced the state school system to make drastic cuts to their budgets.>> All the states next to Oklahoma are paying teachers more. They're all struggling financially. But the one thing that Oklahoma has is these tax brakes for oil companies, which it really put itself in the hole, especially since the falling energy prices a few years ago.
>> Oklahoma's first major tax hike in a quarter century was approved by state lawmakers last week, intended to raise teacher's salaries by roughly $6,000. But teachers this week again said that the package wasn't good enough.>>