Trinity Redford, 13, of Blackwell, Okla., walks from the state Capitol with a protest sign as protests continue over school funding at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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Oklahoma Teachers' Union Calls For End To Strike

April 12, 2018 - 2:58 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The head of Oklahoma's largest teachers union is calling for an end to a teacher walkout that has shuttered schools for nine days after Republican leaders said they will not provide any more new revenue for public schools.

Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest said Thursday it is time for teachers to shift their focus to electing pro-education candidates to the Legislature.

Priest made the comments to reporters Thursday after teachers and their supporters marched on the Capitol for a second consecutive week.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a series of tax hikes to fund a $6,100 average teacher pay raise and more funding for schools, but teachers walked out anyway.