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Fed Up with School Spending Cuts, Oklahoma Teachers Prepare to Walk Out

On Easter morning, at the nearby Baptist church, Kenita Self closed her eyes and bowed her head in prayer.

The teacher prayed for her third-grade students, who face a high-stakes reading test this year that will determine whether they advance to fourth grade. She prayed for their futures. And she prayed that she was doing the right thing by not showing up Monday morning, instead joining thousands of teachers at the state Capitol to protest the deep cuts to education.

Leaving behind their classrooms, educators are set to travel from the far reaches of the state on chartered school buses and in caravans of cars, hoping to press lawmakers into restoring education funding.