Republicans control Oklahoma's legislature. In a Facebook post that went viral last week, Laurissa Kovacs, an art teacher from McAlester, Oklahoma, described the abysmal conditions in her classroom, with a photo of a disintegrating chair.
If those two pass, "this would make a major victory for our students that would not have happened without the thousands of people who have come to the Capitol to make their voices heard", Bishop said.
The bill would affect new teachers and move them to a hybrid cash-balance plan rather than traditional pensions, and would limit new sick days that teachers can put toward their retirement.
If not, Priest said teachers are prepared to return to the Capitol next week and for as long as it takes to bring more money to public schools.
"Teachers want more, but it's kind of like a teenage kid who wants a better vehicle", Fallin told CBS News.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teacher pay hikes of about $6,100 and providing tens of millions of new dollars for public schools. Almost all the revenue generated from both measures will be earmarked for public education.
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"We just want to make sure that they are going to fix the problem and not dismantle it the minute we leave", said Lindsay Burkhalter, a fourth-grade teacher in Ponca City, about 105 miles (170 km) north of Oklahoma City.
Students have also rallied on behalf of teachers -warning Wednesday that teenagers reaching voting age would throw legislators out of office if they remained unresponsive.
Since the protests began Monday, the teachers have celebrated one legislative victory when the state House passed H.B.1019xx, also known as the "Amazon tax", which would establish a sales tax that's expected to generate $20 million for school funding. It was a meeting to discuss all implications, both positive and negative, that occur with a teacher walkout. The teachers union has called for an additional classroom funding of $75 million. Some schools, including Tulsa public schools, remained closed on Thursday.
That was not enough for the teachers, who are seeking $10,000 over three years.
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Teachers vowed on Friday to continue their five-day-old strike, which has affected more than 500,000 students, in their fight for $200 million in increased annual education funding.
As lawmakers debated several funding proposals on Thursday, teachers in the State Capitol building chanted, "We're still here!" And the students are coming from households facing parallel deficits in welfare and healthcare supports, due to state's massive divestment from family social services, on top of education cuts.
Grace Fox, a junior at Edmond Memorial, says she speaks for many other students who crave knowledge but are shackled by the constraints of low education funding.
Arizona educators and others are showing support for a push to increase classroom funding and teacher pay with "walk-in" protests outside Phoenix-area schools. Similar protests were held in Phoenix, Mesa and Gilbert.
In Kentucky, teachers also protested in their state Capitol earlier this week in Frankfort.
Outside, despite cold weather, thousands of educators and supporters from across the state appeared content to stay at the Capitol until lawmakers represented their wishes.
An Oklahoma teacher walks the picket line at the state capitol on April 2, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teachers 15 to 18 percent salary increases.
The state ranks 49th in the nation in teacher salaries, according to the National Education Association, in a list that includes Washington, DC.
"For years, my profession has been under siege by our legislature".
That has proved frustrating for some GOP leaders, especially those who broke with party orthodoxy to raise taxes to pay for teacher raises.