Students in Tukwila, Puyallup and the Evergreen public schools are set to return to classes after their teachers agreed to new contract agreements this weekend.
In Tukwila, schools will open Monday after teachers and other staffers gave final approval on a 10-percent increase in pay, the school district said in a statement. Classes in the Evergreen School District also will resume Monday, according to a statement posted on the district's website. Negotiators for teachers and the district struck a tentative agreement Sunday, which was subject to a final vote by the teachers Sunday afternoon.
Puyallup public schools will also open Monday after teachers approved a new contract Saturday, according to the News Tribune.
In the Longview School District, a teacher strike may end and classes could resume Tuesday after the teachers’ union agreed on a tentative deal with the district. The district had sought to end the strike, which started Aug. 23, by filing for an injunction in court. A judge ruled in its favor Friday but didn't impose a penalty on the teachers' union, The Associated Press reported.
“This means that together, we can return to the important work of helping kids learn and grow in the classroom, while mending relationships within the district,” Longview Public Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn said in a statement.
State lawmakers this year injected about $1 billion into the state’s K-12 budget to pay for educators’ salaries and to settle the decadelong school-finance case known as McCleary, prompting teachers in most of the state's nearly 300 school districts to ask for more money. In Seattle, the state's largest public-schools system, teachers ratified a 10.5-percent pay hike Saturday.
Tumwater schools will remain closed Monday as the teachers and district remain deadlocked, according to a message posted on the district's website.