Talks break down in Tacoma teachers strike

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The union for striking Tacoma teachers says school district negotiators walked away from the table Tuesday night and no talks are planned Wednesday, the seventh day classes have been canceled.

The union says teachers will continue to picket. The district says schools remain closed due to lack of staff. Strikers are ignoring a court order.

The union says on its website that it made a new proposal on the main issue in the strike, teacher assignment policies. The district wants to consider other factors in addition to seniority in moving some teachers.

The district is the third-largest in the state, after Seattle and Spokane. Tacoma has about 1,900 teachers and 28,000 students.

The News Tribune reports Gov. Chris Gregoire is monitoring the strike and might call both sides to Olympia.