Teachers in these states are deemed as one of the worst paid workers in the country.
When an Oklahoma teacher revealed what the chairs in her classroom look like, she couldn't imagine how far one photo could go.
Students joined teachers in Oklahoma City Wednesday for a third day of protests demanding that state lawmakers increase funding for public schools after years of budget cuts.
Many legislators are forced to choose between placating constituents angry over years of education cuts and conservative supporters who want smaller government and low taxes.
"I love teaching so much", Duncan said. "I want for people to think of education as an honorable and noble profession. He usually can use salvageable parts from discarded desks to keep me going", she told CNN. "I haven't seen her out here talking to us".
"I'm moving to Texas this summer because I can't afford to live here", she said in a telephone interview.
An Oklahoma state Senate leader says Friday "will be an important day" in the faceoff between lawmakers and teachers who are demonstrating for more school funding.
Fallin signed teacher pay raise legislation, providing an average $6,100 pay increase, into law last week. The new senate language mandates state law to override the academic institution's rules regarding tenure.
But, the voice of opposition couldn't out do some students and staff.
Cameron Olbert, a sophomore at the Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, said he first became politically conscious when budget cuts cost his school its debate coach.
The protests reflect rising discontent after years of sluggish or declining public school spending in Oklahoma, which ranked 47th among the 50 US states in per-student expenditure, and 48th in average teacher salaries in 2016, according to the National Education Association. By lunchtime, Worley said she had waited more than two hours to enter the Capitol, and she hoped that her local lawmakers would still be there by the time she made it to the front of the line. "Copies are limited in schools to maybe 30 a week".
"If your teachers are willing to walk 110 miles for their students, what is the Oklahoma legislature willing to do for the students of Oklahoma?"
"We do appreciate the raise".
Fallin said in a statement earlier this week Oklahoma can't "neglect other areas of need in the state" when considering pay increases for teachers - areas like corrections and health and human services.
While teachers in Oklahoma say they appreciate the pay raise, they are upset that state lawmakers shortchanged their students by slating $50 million for education programs and supplies. "I'm not the only one", she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday.
A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin said she's been at the Capitol for both days of the rally.
Dever said that while the pension bill was passed "in a deceitful and disrespectful way", that she was in Frankfort to also rally for school funding.
Her school has even discussed moving to a four-day week to cut back on expenses such as electricity and water usage. "It may work, it may not, but at least people are finally aware of the daily struggle", she said.
After state Rep. Kevin McDugle (R) vowed to strike down any education funding measure because he didn't like how the teachers were acting, veteran educator Cyndi Ralston announced she was running against him. "We're interested in our students having a better future". For myself, a raise sounds great, but this walkout for me was never about that.