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The Oklahoma Teacher Strike Has Now Lasted As Long As West Virginia's

Some public schools in Oklahoma were closed for a ninth consecutive day Thursday.
Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 12, 2018

Public school teachers and lawmakers in Oklahoma are still not on the same page when it comes to education funding in the state.

Some school districts remained closed for a ninth consecutive day as thousands of teachers continued to rally at the state capitol Thursday.

That matches the duration of a walkout by West Virginia teachers earlier this year. Their strike ended in March after lawmakers approved a 5 percent raise for public school teachers and state employees. 

In Oklahoma, teachers are asking for a $10,000 raise for themselves, a $5,000 raise for support staff and $200 million over three years in school funding. 

But Gov. Mary Fallin said teachers are asking for more than the state can afford to give. She's already signed a bill that increases their salaries by an average of $6,100 and adds an additional $50 million to school funding.

Educators have not said when they expect to return to their classrooms.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.