Back-to-school, teacher strikes, and salary negotiations

Bells are ringing! All across the state, summer is coming to an end and students are heading back to class. But as the new school year gets underway, salary disputes and teacher strikes across Washington state are front-and-center.

Students in seven school districts have already missed their first day of school. Seattle, Washington state’s largest school district, left 53,000 students waiting till Friday to find out if today was the first day of school. As our CEO Chris Korsmo explained in a television interview last week, the McCleary decision that brought billions in funding to our education system has made salary negotiations more high-stakes than ever. 

Paying our teachers what they deserve and providing students with the support they need to be successful go hand in hand. We’re committed to working with families, educators and leaders to build a brighter future for every Washington student.

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FAQ: What you need to know about teacher strikes

To help you understand what a strike would mean for you, we’re sharing answers to your most pressing questions. Read on to learn what Washington state law has to say about teacher strikes, whether schools can stay open using substitute teachers and administration, and what this has to do with the recent McCleary decision.

The finances behind the teacher salary negotiations

Join us at lunch hour tomorrow for a free webinar with our Chief Advocacy Officer, Kelly Munn. She'll break down how teachers are paid, explain what a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is, and show you how to find your school district’s current teacher contract. We invite you to join us tomorrow, September 6th at 12:30 pm for an engaging discussion.

Don’t miss it! Microsoft’s Jane Broom on the future of technology in education

Tickets are selling fast for our first-ever breakfast event in Spokane on October 18th. Join community, business, and education leaders for Owning Our Future: Technology in Education. Our keynote speaker is Jane Broom, Senior Director of Microsoft’s philanthropy work for Washington state. Individual tickets are $25 or reserve a table for ten people

Arik Korman

Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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