Tacoma classes canceled for 7th day due to strike
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Tacoma, Wash., School District has canceled Wednesday's classes. That will make the seventh day without school due to a teachers' strike.
Negotiations resumed Tuesday afternoon with a state mediator after breaking up at about 2 a.m.
Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood says the big issue is the district's policy on teacher transfers. The district wants to consider other factors in addition to seniority in moving some teachers.
About 1,900 teachers in Washington's third-largest school district walked out Sept. 13. Teachers worked without a contract for the first seven days of the school year. They are staying on the picket lines in violation of a court order. There are about 28,000 students in the Tacoma district. Only the Seattle and Spokane school districts are larger in Washington.