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Oklahoma Capitol packed to capacity as teacher walkout enters second week. (KOKH/Shardaa Gray)

Oklahoma Capitol packed to capacity as teacher walkout enters 2nd week

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By KATHY DAMRILL, KOKH

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - Oklahoma teachers are entering the sixth day of their statewide walkout over education funding.

Lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol as the walkout enters its second week. Leaders for the Oklahoma Education Association said teachers will continue the walkout until lawmakers approve a repeal of a capital gains tax exemption and the governor vetoes a repeal of the hotel-motel tax.

Axing the capital gains tax deduction would generate about $120 million a year. The $5-per-night lodging tax would generate about $50 million a year.

OEA President Alicia Priest said it's gaining support, "We absolutely expect there to be as many teachers here Monday. And Tuesday, if necessary. And Wednesday and Thursday."

Hundreds of teachers from across the metro are walking to the Capitol in groups Monday morning.

About 600 teachers and supporters from Edmond public schools met before sunrise to walk to the Capitol.

Teachers from Norman and Del City are also walking to the Capitol.

Before sunup, many teachers staked their place in line to get into the Senate gallery. Many lined the Capitol halls before 7 a.m.

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Submit photos from the rally and walkout here.

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