UPDATE: Industrial action at schools across the state will continue to paralyse schools as public teachers and the government fail to strike a deal.
On Thursday a rally of about 14,000 public and independent education staff met at Parliament House.
Australian Education Union spokeswoman Stephanie De Campo said about 30,000 teachers across the state went on strike.
At the Hisense Arena in Richmond about 10,000 public teaching staff filled the stadium, and about 2000 watched screens outside on the lawns.
They voted not to continue a strike on Thursday, but they will hold rolling stoppages for half days in Coalition-held electorates, beginning term two.
They will also stage other actions in Coalition seats.
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews told a combined rally at Parliament House of about 14,000 public and independent teachers that the government “did nothing, or nothing good”.
In an apparent snub, Premier Ted Baillieu was in Kilmore on Thursday to announce the delivery of a backup generator at a nursing home.
This is the third time in this protracted round of pay negotiations that teachers have gone on strike for a day.