The Washington Post
Seattle teachers strike over pay, staffing
Teachers and staff of Seattle Public Schools took to the picket lines instead of the classroom on what was supposed to be the first day of school Wednesday, striking for the first time since 2015 over issues that include pay and educational support for students who have struggled with years of pandemic learning.
Contract talks, which began months ago, continued.
It was unclear how long the walkout might last, leaving many parents to scramble for alternative child care. The city said it would open recreation centers for children in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning Monday.
“We encourage teachers and the school district to urgently reach a just and fair resolution that centers our students and prioritizes their education and future,” Mayor Bruce Harrell said in a statement.
Striking teachers emphasized that their main concern was educational and emotional help for students, especially those with special needs or learning difficulties. The Seattle Education Association said 95 percent of its voting members approved the strike.