West Seattle Blog… | SEATTLE SCHOOL STRIKE: Talks continue; no class monday

4:32 p.m.: Seattle Public Schools officially canceled classes for a fourth day as the Seattle Education Association the strike continues. The district just sent out this update:

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the Seattle Education Association (SEA) are making good progress in negotiations as they worked through the weekend but have yet to reach an agreement. We continue to negotiate and remain ready to resume school as soon as an agreement is reached.

There will be no school on Monday, September 12 for all grades, including kindergarten and kindergarten. A message was sent to families and staff this afternoon. He is posted on the site.

We will update families and staff on the status of the school for Tuesday Monday afternoon.

ADDED AT 8:50 PM: A SEA update arrived a short time ago:

The 6,000 members of the Seattle Education Association continue their strike for student needs, calling on Seattle public schools to provide adequate student support, reasonable workloads and respectful pay. Educators are increasingly frustrated with the school board’s unwillingness to listen to students and educators and commit to providing the supports and staff needed to succeed. Picketing will resume at 8 a.m. Monday at all Seattle schools.

The negotiating team met face-to-face with SPS and the mediator on Saturday and Sunday, working about 2 p.m. Saturday and staying at the table today at that time.

CONTEXT: District Updates are here; union updates are here. SEA’s contract expired on August 31, after nearly three months of negotiations; the strike began on what was supposed to be the SPS’s first day of class on Wednesday. This is SEA’s first walkout since 2015. This strike, like this one, began on a Wednesday; a tentative agreement was announced the following Tuesday morning.

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