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Oklahoma’s largest teachers union calls for end to walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest called for the walkout to end Thursday and urged teachers to shift their focus to electing pro-education candidates to the Legislature.

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Public schools in Oklahoma’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, will remain closed on Friday, the end of the second week of a statewide walkout by teachers who marched on the state Capitol. Many smaller districts also plan to remain closed on Friday though others have already resumed classes.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last month raising teacher salaries by about $6,100 and providing millions in new dollars for public schools, but many educators say classrooms still need more money.

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