- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

KELSO, Wash. (AP) - A judge in Cowlitz County Superior Court has declared the Kelso teacher strike illegal and ordered educators back to the classroom Tuesday.

Judge David Koss on Friday granted the Kelso School District’s request for an injunction to stop the strike.

The 300-member teachers union went on strike Wednesday over pay and other issues. Classes for about 4,700 students were canceled for a third day Friday.

Kelso Education Association spokeswoman Sandy DeBruler told The Associated Press Friday that she was disappointed but not surprised. She says the union will need to meet to decide its next move.

On Thursday, the Kelso school board wrote to parents Thursday that the district made an offer that would make Kelso teachers the highest-paid in Cowlitz County. DeBruler says her understanding is that the district is repackaging what they’ve offered.

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