Three school districts remain on strike, including Tacoma, the state’s fourth largest district

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Let’s start with some good news. In Centralia, the teachers’ union and school district have reached a tentative agreement. The Chronicle reports,

After the Centralia School District and Centralia Education Association reached a tentative agreement on Monday evening, the district confirmed students will be back in the classroom on Wednesday…

 

Kerri Kite-Pocklington, who is a co-chair of CEA, said teachers were celebrating Monday evening.

“We are over the moon,” Kite-Pocklington said.

The details are not yet available (“over the moon” provides a hint), though by now the union has probably voted on the contract.

The district and CEA will not release details of the agreement — such as the minimum and maximum salary for teachers — until the CEA ratifies it. CEA members are set to meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday for a ratification vote.

With the settlement, that leaves three districts facing strikes: Tacoma, Battle Ground, and Tumwater. The Seattle Times reports on the effects of the strikes, with Centralia included).

Tacoma’s public school district is the fourth-biggest in Washington, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students, or 2.6 percent of the state’s total, according to official data. When combined with ongoing teacher strikes in Battle Ground, Centralia and Tumwater, the holdouts in the four districts have impacted more than 53,000 students, just under half of whom come from low-income households.

According to The News Tribune, the Tacoma impasse continues to loom large.

If Monday’s confusing signals from Tacoma School District leaders are any indication, the ongoing strike by Tacoma teachers is far from over.

Tacoma teachers voted last week to strike after weeks of negotiations over hoped-for salary increases broke down. Teachers want increases that compare to raises received by other teachers across the state. Tacoma schools leaders say they can’t afford it. The district announced Monday afternoon that school was canceled Tuesday.

The article details the “confusing signals” involving mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration. We cannot begin to summarize the maneuvers here and suggest you read the story. The Associated Press has more on the Tacoma strike. It looks like this could take a while.
 
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