Oklahoma teachers shut down schools as part of their fight for higher salaries and school funding. : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Oklahoma teachers shut down schools as part of their fight for higher salaries and school funding.
Oklahoma teachers are some of the lowest paid.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Oklahoma teachers are some of the lowest paid.
Teachers in Oklahoma earn $42,400 annually, while the national average is $61,420.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers in Oklahoma earn $42,400 annually, while the national average is $61,420.
The state is dealing with a teacher shortage. Many Oklahoma schools are hiring teachers with temporary emergency certification and lack proper training.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
The state is dealing with a teacher shortage. Many Oklahoma schools are hiring teachers with temporary emergency certification and lack proper training.
Teachers asked for more than $800 million in new funding, including a $10,000 raise and $200 million in additional funding.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers asked for more than $800 million in new funding, including a $10,000 raise and $200 million in additional funding.
The legislature passed a bill offering $447 million in new money, with a $6,100 raise and $33 million for new textbooks.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
The legislature passed a bill offering $447 million in new money, with a $6,100 raise and $33 million for new textbooks.
Lawmakers approved an additional $19 million for new school funding moneys.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Lawmakers approved an additional $19 million for new school funding moneys.
Support staff was offered little. While teachers struck, the staff was forced to report to school each day in the country.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Support staff was offered little. While teachers struck, the staff was forced to report to school each day in the country.
But educations said that was not enough.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
But educations said that was not enough.
Teachers said it was not enough. "It's about more than a raise. We need funding". : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers said it was not enough. "It's about more than a raise. We need funding".
"It is about our kids".  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
"It is about our kids".
One lawmaker said "I don't know how Gov. Mary Fallin can-be so tone deaf to what is happening in our schools and with our kids". : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
One lawmaker said "I don't know how Gov. Mary Fallin can-be so tone deaf to what is happening in our schools and with our kids".
Lawmakers had originally planned money for prisons than schools. : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Lawmakers had originally planned money for prisons than schools.
Teachers said they wanted to be treated with respect and as a professional.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers said they wanted to be treated with respect and as a professional.
With the low salaries, many teachers work two or three jobs. And some rely on selling their plasma for extra money.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
With the low salaries, many teachers work two or three jobs. And some rely on selling their plasma for extra money.
Teachers, after they were given the $6,100 raise, continued to push for revenue raising plans.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers, after they were given the $6,100 raise, continued to push for revenue raising plans.
Teachers wanted to eliminate the income tax deduction for capital gains that would $120 million annually.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Teachers wanted to eliminate the income tax deduction for capital gains that would $120 million annually.
That bill was strongly opposed by the GOP lawmakers.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
That bill was strongly opposed by the GOP lawmakers.
Others demanded higher taxes on oil production in the state.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Others demanded higher taxes on oil production in the state.
Other measures would expand tribal gaming.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Other measures would expand tribal gaming.
Other ideas included taxing certain internet sales.  : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
Other ideas included taxing certain internet sales.
One republican lawmaker reported "my colleagues have made a good effort to address the pay raise issue but there are 72 other state agencies have needs that must be addressed". : The Teachers' Strike Sessions : Oklahoma City Editorial and Documentary Photographer
One republican lawmaker reported "my colleagues have made a good effort to address the pay raise issue but there are 72 other state agencies have needs that must be addressed".