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Go deeper: Teachers running for office to unseat funding opponents

Teachers striking at the Oklahoma Capital
Teachers striking at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Photo: J Pat Carter/Getty Images

After a half dozen teacher protests throughout the spring, teachers are taking their actions in their fight for equal pay from the street to the ballot box.

The big picture: Teachers in both Kentucky and Oklahoma — who participated in walkouts and strikes to advocate for higher teacher pay and better quality classrooms for their students during the winter and spring — have already unseated traditional candidates in battles for seats in the state legislature.