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Judge issues restraining order blocking Evergreen teachers strike

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Clark County judge granted a restraining order for Evergreen Public School Friday that prohibits teachers in the district from striking on August 31 when their collective bargaining agreement expires.

The district issued a release on the judgment Friday afternoon, adding that it is established Washington state law that public employees like teachers do not have the right to strike.

Leaders with the Evergreen Education Association told the school district that they were meeting Tuesday to decide is members would join in a work stoppage on Wednesday, the district’s first day of classes.

Teachers picketed outside of schools Friday and told FOX 12 they are looking for more time for instruction and less time focused on testing.

"We're working towards an opportunity for our teachers to teach and our students to have time to learn, instead of constantly assessing, assessing, assessing and never actually looking at the data and how to help students from that data,” EEA President Rob Lutz said. "And then we're working towards fair and appropriate salaries for our teachers so we can keep them here."

Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark noted in that the potential harm parents and students could face with the announcement of a strike less than 12 hours before the school year began entered into her decision.

The EEA and district officials are still in active negotiations and are scheduled to meet in court again Wednesday.

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