Mercedes Schneider places the Oklahoma teachers’ strike in perspective. The teachers want a salary they can live on, without working two or three extra jobs to make ends meet. But that’s not all. They want the state to fund the schools. Like so many red states, Oklahoma has catered to the oil and gas industry, cutting its taxes, while starving public services. The shame of the state is the four-day week that so many schools have adopted as part of the budget cutting. How can a state attract new industries when it isn’t willing to fund its schools?