Tulsa teachers are preparing to teach, according to their contracts. This means teachers will be working seven hours and 50 minutes a day. They are doing this to protest against the state of Oklahoma for failing to give teachers a raise and because of state budget cuts.
Jennifer Thornton showed us a sign that she will hold up as she walks into Key Elementary tomorrow at 7:15 a.m.
"I'm angry that we had to get to this point," she said. "I’m angry that my child is now grown and won’t reap the benefits of having a well-paid mother and a profession that she loves. I’m nervous, what if this doesn’t go as planned? What if they don’t meet our demands? This is our only chance."
John Waldron is willing to take the chance, as a history and social studies teacher at Booker T. Washington High School.
"I'm going to walk out with a lighter step because I won't have a bag full of papers to grade, but I will have a certain heaviness in my heart to think how far things have gone in the state of Oklahoma," said Waldon, who is also running for State Representative.
This is his second bid for office.
Waldon says he will walk out with teachers tomorrow at 4 p.m. and they will hold a rally in the parking lot to show lawmakers and the public how they feel.
But in the midst of it all are the students, who may not get papers graded on time or the help they need before or after school.
"They've got state testing," Waldon said. "They’ve got standardized tests, national and international tests to take in the next two months. They have a lot at stake here."