Parents attempt to take up education fight as walkout comes to an end

Kendra May and her daughter, organizers of OKC Pass the Torch, set up outside the Capitol demanding better funding for education after the teacher walkout ends. (Shardaa Gray/KOKH)

For the first time in two weeks, the Oklahoma State Capitol wasn't packed with thousands of teachers demanding lawmakers to fix the state's education funding.

On Thursday last week, the Oklahoma Education Association announced the would be ending the teacher walkout. Thousands of teachers returned to the Capitol on Friday, but with most districts reopening their doors this week, there was a void to be filled.

It appears parents will attempt to fill that void.

The Facebook page "Pass the Torch OK" calls on parents and supporters to "continue the support and work Oklahoma teachers have started!"

Kendra May, creator of the page, says the group hopes to meet with lawmakers to see if there's a way to fund public education before the session ends on the 30th. May says they'll talk to lawmakers about the Capital Gains Exemption, reintroduction of the hotel/motel tax and the wind gross production tax.

May says she's expecting people from Moore, Oklahoma City and Tulsa to be at the Capitol starting around 10 a.m. She tells FOX 25 they'll continue to be at the Capitol until they've met a resolution.

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