Teacher strike cancels school for second day in Evergreen School District

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School has been canceled for students in the Evergreen School District in Washington for the second straight day as negotiations between the teacher’s union and the school district continue.

Instead of being in the classroom on what was supposed to be the first day of school, teachers were lined up with picket signs in hand outside several schools in the district.

Karen Cornell is a middle school teacher. She was one of about a hundred people outside Evergreen High School Tuesday morning.

“Teachers don’t bargain individually, one-by-one, you know, we are a unit, we are strong as a unit,” Cornell said.

She says most teachers would rather be in the classroom than picketing.

“We really want to start,” Cornell said. “We really want to be teaching our students, that is what we are here for and, as soon as this gets resolved, we will be back in the classroom.”

In a letter home to parents, the district wrote, “Negotiations between the District and EEA are scheduled today, tomorrow and Monday. While the District offered teachers the option to continue working under the current contract, EEA has stated unless an amended agreement is reached, teachers will not return to the classroom.”

During the strike, school buildings will be staffed with essential personnel. The district says they will not be open to students, families or the general public.

All middle and high school sports practices and games are still going on as scheduled. Coaches in the district are covered under a separate contract.

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