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Reporter notebook: Oregon teacher walkouts and rallies

Teachers throughout Oregon left their classrooms behind to attend rallies asking the Legislature for stable, adequate school funding.

A walkout and rally so large that a number of school districts simply shut down for the day started early on Wednesday, with teachers holding placards in visible morning commute locations.

Massive rallies and marches were planned for Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the capitol building in Salem.

Follow Morgan Romero on Twitter, our lead reporter in the field.

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Lincoln High School social studies teacher Russ Peterson tells KGW's Tim Gordon why teachers are walking out.

The first teacher teams can be seen over a Portland-area overpass. 

KGW investigative reporter Cristin Severance was on KGW Sunrise Extra

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Tim Gordon interviewed National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García.

Drivers passing by honked to show their support.

Tim was also in Beaverton where teachers and others gathered at the corner Cedar Hills and Walker Road.

Morgan Romero headed out to Waterfront Park where almost 20,000 Portland teachers and supporters rallied for education.

Pat Dooris also joined Morgan in covering the event. 

Morgan said teachers, supporters and speakers called for more behavioral and mental health specialists and full-time counselors.

It was a large turnout in Portland.

"We are literally paying to be here. And it's worth it!" wrote a Beaverton School District psychologist on their sign. 

"Pencils down. Voices Up" wrote a Beaverton School District student out supporting teachers and staff in downtown Portland.

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