- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The latest on the strike by public-school teachers in Seattle (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

There will be no classes again Thursday for tens of thousands of public school students in Seattle as teachers will remain on strike.

District spokeswoman Stacy Howard said both sides would be back at the negotiating table Thursday morning.

“Our goal here is to make them feel like they’re getting what they deserve” and to make sure the students get what they need, Howard said. “We’re hoping for a quick resolution”

She said wages remain a sticking point.

The strike in Washington’s largest school district affects about 53,000 students.


1:15 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he understands the frustrations of teachers, parents and others as educators in the state’s largest school district strike.

The Democrat said in a statement Wednesday that the state needs an “educational system that is adequately funded and provides the fair pay teachers deserve.”

The state Supreme Court has said lawmakers have failed to adequately fund education for 1 million schoolchildren. Justices are fining the state $100,000 a day until it comes up with a fix.

The walkout is the first in the district in three decades and comes as teachers, who have gone six years without a cost-of-living pay raise, complain that Seattle’s booming tech economy has rapidly increased living expenses.


9:59 a.m.

The head of the nation’s largest teachers union says “all eyes are on Seattle right now” as educators walk the picket lines.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said Seattle teachers are fighting for reasonable testing policies, a fair discipline policy and securing the tools they need to do their jobs.

Garcia says those are “issues that every educator in the country is grappling with right now.” She says that if teachers gain traction in Seattle, they will give hope to other educators nationwide.

The strike in Washington’s largest school district affects about 53,000 students. Both sides are far apart on pay raises, teacher evaluations and the length of the school day.

The Seattle School Board voted Tuesday night to authorize the superintendent to take legal action against striking teachers.


8:50 a.m.

Teachers in Seattle are on the picket lines on what was supposed to be the first day of school after last-minute contract negotiations broke down.

The strike in Washington state’s largest school district began Wednesday and sent parents scrambling to find alternative options, including working from home or signing up for other programs.

The district serves about 53,000 students. Members of the Seattle Education Association, which represents about 5,000 teachers and support staff, planned to picket all 97 schools in Seattle.

Amanda Poch, a 31-year-old kindergarten teacher at West Seattle Elementary, said she was “incredibly disappointed” that the talks broke down.

She pieced together picket signs that said “Fair Contract Now” and “On Strike,” saying, “We’ll hold out as long as it takes.”

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide