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Morning Bell: TEACHER WALKOUT - DAY 2

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Morning Bell: TEACHER WALKOUT - DAY 2

Like teachers around the country, Oklahoma educators spend a good portion of their meager paychecks helping students pay for lunches, field trips and supplies.

Tens of thousands of teachers are expected to return Tuesday morning to the Capitol this morning in the second day of the statewide teacher walkout.

On Monday, teachers and their supporters packed the Capitol and marched in the longest picket line in the history of the Capitol.

Teachers in the USA states of Oklahoma and Kentucky are protesting over a range of issues from funding to benefits.

Last week, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that would increase average pay by about $6,000 - which would mark the state's first tax increase since 1992, and the first across-the-board raise for teachers since 2008.

The next red state to join the protest movement could be Arizona, where there is an open Senate seat and where thousands of teachers gathered in Phoenix last week to demand a 20 percent pay raise and more funding for schools.

Teachers in West Virginia already made big gains after they went on strike last month.

'Oklahoma children deserve better than a legislature that places them at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to education funding, ' the Oklahoma Education Association said on its website. "Funding based on amounts per pupil means most rural schools with small yearly cohorts struggle to afford staff and basics for education".

Laurissa Kovacs, a fourth-year teacher, posted the photo on Facebook and explained her reasoning for walking out for higher pay.

"This isn't just about salaries or money", she says. The efforts of teachers in that state led to Gov. James C. Justice signing a bill to give teachers a 5 percent raise after their statewide strike lasted nearly two weeks. The school board in Mansfield City, Ohio, a year ago tightened its policy, requiring the devices be turned off and out of sight in classrooms unless the teacher says otherwise. "It was frustrating", Teacher Tom Brennan of Poteau High School said.

"The votes are in and it's an education funding cut for another year and another broken promise". "In 2015, the latest year for which comprehensive spending data are available from the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 states were still providing less total school funding per student than they were in 2008".

A rebellion is sweeping across the United States as teachers take a stand for better working conditions. Other signs included, "My class size 40-45" and "When we value our teachers, we value our children".

In Frankfort, Kentucky, teachers and other school employees chanted "Stop the war on public education", during a rally at the Capitol Monday. "What they're being told is 'Take what you got last Monday and go home.' But they know, and you and I know, that's not enough. More funding" as thousands more waited to get inside.

"I want to support the teachers, and understand it, but it creates hardship on many parents", Laura Hale said. Lily Eskelen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, seemed to encapsulate perfectly what Oklahoma educators were getting themselves into at the beginning of her speech.

"We're madder than hornets, and the hornets are swarming today", said Claudette Green, a retired teacher and principal.

As for Claflin, she believes their demands should be a no-brainer for state leaders and Prince feels they shouldn't give up until they're heard.

"If I didn't have a second job, I'd be on food stamps", said third-grade educator Rae Lovelace, who spoke to the Associated Press.

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