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Kelso schools canceled Tuesday as teacher strike continues

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Kelso School District teachers plan to stay on the picket lines Tuesday, defying a court order telling them to return to work.

School will be canceled Tuesday as a result.

Casey Gleysteen, a district spokeswoman, said they are not considering hiring substitute teachers at this time.

Gleysteen said new and interesting ideas were brought to the bargaining table Monday, but bargaining talks between the Kelso Education Association and the Kelso School District ended Monday without resolution.

A Cowlitz County Judge has ruled the strike, which began last Wednesday, is illegal and violating students’ rights to education.

The judge ordered teachers to return to the classroom Tuesday morning, but the union voted to continue striking on Sunday night.

“You could just feel in in the air that people were just fired up and feeling very strong and supported by the community and then when we took that vote and
found out the results, it was 221 to 20,” said Sandy DeBruler, who has taught in the Kelso School District for 35 years.

The Kelso Education Association and teachers could face sanctions, but the judge did not specify what those may be.

“We’ve been told possible things that happen but we’re just going to wait and see what the judge does and his decision and we’ll make a decision from there,” said DeBruler.

Bargaining talks were expected to resume Tuesday morning.

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