>> Teachers in Oklahoma ended their two week walkout on Thursday after the state's Republican dominated legislature passed its first major tax hikes in decades, raising about $450 million for education. However, that gain was shy of the $600 million school teachers demanded. Oklahoma Education Association President, Alicia Priest.>> This fight is not over just because the school bell will ring once more.
We have created a movement, and there is no stopping us.>> The walkout began on April 2nd, and affected some 500,000 students across the state. Teachers were pushing for a $10,000 annual wage hike over three years. Lawmakers say they'll now see an average pay raise of about $6,100.
Priest says the union will continue to push for more funding in Oklahoma, where teachers have among the lowest annual mean wages in the country at just under $42,000. We want every school district to start sending lobby teams to the Capital next week. There are still education-related bills to be heard.
Classes are expected to resume on Monday.