The first day of school has been postponed for Rainier and Tumwater students. North Thurston could be added to the list tomorrow.
Monday night, Labor Day, the Rainier School District teachers announced they were on strike. The district tweeted that schools would be closed for the scheduled first day, Tuesday “due to strike,” after negotiations with the teachers union were unsuccessful.
Tumwater was set to have the first day of classes on Wednesday, September 5, but the district has also officially cancelled school for their first day.
In both districts, all after school activities will take place as scheduled (coaches aren’t part of the teachers’ unions) and both districts will extend the school year (as they would with snow days) to ensure 180 days of instruction is received.
Data shows that Washington has the most teacher strikes of any state in the country. The longest strike on record by an education association was in Marysville in 2003, teachers were ordered back to work by a judge after 50 days.
It’s not legal for teachers, or any public employee, to strike, however these strikes have proven effective. It’s a high-leverage, high-profile, short-term strategy, and it works, accord