After eight days out of school for the statewide teacher walkout, Shawnee Public Schools will resume classes on Thursday, April 12.

Superintendent Dr. April Grace made the announcement this afternoon and said the decision to return to classes Thursday was teacher driven.

"We surveyed last night and 75 percent wanted to return on Thursday and continue with an advocacy group at the Capitol. We love the passion and work teachers have been able to do collectively across the state," she said.

"We are incredibly thankful for the ongoing support of the parents and community during the past week and a. half. The impassioned advocacy our teachers displayed over the last 8 days has been unbelievable. This will undoubtedly have historic implications as we move forward with ongoing conversations regarding the funding of public education as a state. We know these were first steps and the conversations have to continue each year. I believe you will see school districts across the state be more actively engaged with advocacy teams each legislative session in upcoming years. We are excited to get students back to school," Grace said.

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