Supporters pack Oklahoma Capitol to capacity as teacher walkout enters day two

Oklahoma teachers pack the Capitol rotunda April 3 on the second day of the teacher walkout. (KOKH/Shardaa Gray)

The Oklahoma Capitol was packed to capacity as a teacher walkout for more education funding enters its second day.

Thousands returned to 23rd and Lincoln April 3 to urge lawmakers to restore $200 million to public school funding and secure raises for support staff and public employees.

By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Department of Public Safety stopped allowing visitors into the Capitol as they hit capacity. Teachers and supporters filled the Oklahoma House gallery as lawmakers gaveled in Tuesday.

Lawmakers adjourned the session without taking up any measures related to the teacher's demands and were met with chants of "fund our schools".

The House Joint Committee on Appropriates and Budget is slated to meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday while the full House is expected to reconvene at 3 p.m. that same day. The walkout began April 2. Dozens of metro school districts have cancelled several days of class.

If you are rallying at the Capitol. We would like to see your photos.

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