>> In the house.>> As Oklahoma teachers strike for a fifth straight day, the big question is, is the end in sight? The Oklahoma Senate on Friday is set to debate key measures that could put more money into education. That coming after tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job this week.
Forcing schools to close down for more than half a million students. Some of the teachers taking their demands for better pay to Oklahoma lawmakers, swarming the state capitol to heighten the pressure.>> We just really care about our kids. And we need more to take care of the families that take care of your children.
>> Oklahoma teachers are some of the lowest paid in the country, ranking 49th in educator salaries. The state recently signed a bill that raises the average teacher's salary by $6,100 a year. But that just wasn't good enough. They're pushing for a $10,000 pay bump.>> Many of them have college degrees or college hours.
They had to pass certification tests, and they're in the poverty level.>> The Okalhoma Teacher's Union is also pushing for $200 million in school funding, saying that the facilities and equipment are rundown. Some teachers even taking to social media, posting pictures of their crumbling textbooks. The Oklahoma strike is part of a wave of similar protests by teachers in other states, which show no signs of slowing down.