4:32 PM: Seattle Public Schools has officially canceled classes for a fourth day as the Seattle Education Association strike continues. The district just sent this update:
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Seattle Education Association (SEA) are making good progress on negotiations as they worked throughout the weekend but have not yet reached an agreement. We continue to bargain and remain ready to start school as soon as an agreement is reached.
There will be no school on Monday, Sept. 12 for all grades, including pre-school and kindergarten. A message was sent to families and staff this afternoon. It is posted to the website.
We will update families and staff on the status of school for Tuesday on Monday afternoon.
ADDED 8:50 PM: An update from SEA arrived a short time ago:
The 6,000 members of Seattle Education Association are continuing their strike for student needs, calling on Seattle Public Schools to provide adequate student supports, reasonable workloads, and respectful pay. Educators are becoming increasingly frustrated with the school board’s unwillingness to listen to students and educators and commit to providing the supports and staffing needed to succeed. Picketing will resume at 8 a.m. Monday at all Seattle schools.
The Bargaining Team met in-person with SPS and the mediator Saturday and Sunday, working about 14 hours on Saturday and remaining at the table today at this hour.
BACKGROUND: District updates are here; union updates are here. SEA’s contract expired August 31st, almost three months into negotiations; the strike began on what was supposed to be SPS’s first day of classes, Wednesday. This is SEA’s first walkout since 2015. That strike, like this one, started on a Wednesday; a tentative agreement was announced the following Tuesday morning.
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