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THe walkout lasted 11 days 

Oklahoma teachers fill the the State Capitol to capacity on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma teachers fill the the State Capitol to capacity on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma teacher's walkout of 2018 is at an end with most school systems making plans to return to classes no later than Tuesday. 

Oklahoma's largest teachers union has called for an end to a statewide walkout, 11 days after it began.

For nearly two weeks, thousands of Oklahoma teachers have flooded the state Capitol to advocate for additional school funding, which had been cut on a per-student basis over the past 10 years.

"We need to face reality," said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association. "Despite tens of thousands of people filling the Capitol and spilling out onto the grounds of this Capitol for nine (school) days, we have seen no significant legislative movement since last Friday."

More here. 

Wildfires rage in western Oklahoma 



More than 135,000 acres of grasslands and woodlands have burned Thursday across the state, the Oklahoma Forestry Services reported. 

The forestry services report the hardest hit area is in Woodward County, about four miles north of Woodward. As of about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a group of fires known as the 34 Complex Fire scorched an estimated 115,000 acres in the area and is expected to continue to grow overnight. 

Residents in the area have been evacuated as structures are threatened by the fires. Fire crews are expected to continue to battle the blaze throughout the night, officials said.

In Dewey County, the Rhea fire has burned an estimated 19,000 acres and is expected to continue growing, officials reported about 7:30 p.m. The fire, located about nine miles southeast of Leedey, is also threatening structures in the area.

In Roger Mills County, more than 2,000 acres have burned in the Shaw Fire, south of Durham.

A number of smaller fires have also burned in Lincoln, Kay and other counties.

More here. 

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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