Thursday, September 22, 2011

In Tacoma, teachers needed to strike simply to keep the status quo - CSMonitor.com

In Tacoma, teachers needed to strike simply to keep the status quo - CSMonitor.com:

In Tacoma, teachers needed to strike simply to keep the status quo

Teachers nationwide are fighting cuts and unwanted education reforms, but those in Tacoma, Wash., went further and went on strike. With the strike now over, what did that accomplish?

By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, Staff writer / September 22, 2011

Angela Evans and Brian Goff, both third-grade teachers at Jennie Reed Elementary School, walk a picket line outside Foss High School, in Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday. Striking teachers and district officials reached agreement on a contract Thursday.

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It’s back to school time – again – for 28,000 students in Tacoma, Wash., now that striking teachers and district officials have reached agreement on a contract.

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Ending the 10-day ordeal took intervention from Gov. Christine Gregoire. After she called union and district representatives to her office in Olympia Wednesday, they negotiated with mediators for hours and made a late-night announcement about the tentative agreement.

The strike garnered national attention as a rare line-in-the-sand moment for teachers during a time of education reforms and massive state budget cuts that have left many teachers and their unions feeling unfairly targeted.

Tacoma teachers gathered today at a local high school gymnasium and voted with nearly 99

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