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Day 6 of Oklahoma teacher walkout

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Oklahoma teachers march toward the State Capitol on Monday, the second week of their walkout. (KFOR) Oklahoma teachers march toward the State Capitol on Monday, the second week of their walkout. (KFOR)
The plaza in front of Oklahoma's Capitol is filled with demonstrators on Monday morning. (KFOR) The plaza in front of Oklahoma's Capitol is filled with demonstrators on Monday morning. (KFOR)

The teacher walkout in Oklahoma entered its second week on Monday, leaving many school districts closed and others struggling to educate grade school students.

Educators from across the state continue their siege on the State Capitol, demanding an increase in government funding for education and a bigger pay raise.

The president of the Oklahoma Education Association said before the walkout can end, lawmakers must pass a bill ending the state's capital gains tax deduction, and the governor must veto the repeal of a hotel-motel tax bill.

The teachers were joined Monday by more than 100 women attorneys who said while they're not taking a political stance, they want to help both sides come up with solutions that consider everyone's best interest.

The lawyers said would dress in all black to show solidarity with teachers.

Republican senators Josh Brecheen and Nathan Dahm are calling on their colleagues to end what they call "corporate welfare" for the wind energy industry as one way to budget more money for education.

The lawmakers said Oklahoma will pay $500 to $750 million in tax credits to wind energy companies over the next 10 years. 

"We are doing this because there are better ways to fund our core functions of government instead of continually raising taxes," Dahm said. "That is our goal."

Public schools in Ada and Byng will be closed on Tuesday because of the teacher walkout. Sulphur schools said they will remain closed until at least Thursday.

Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest school district, and Tulsa Public Schools said Monday they will be closed on Tuesday.

Oklahoma is extending the time period for students to take standardized tests.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday that the testing window will be extended by one week for grades 3 through 8 general assessments and grade 11 science assessments.

The testing period began April 2, but tens of thousands of students have been out of class because the teachers walked out the same day.

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