It looks like there could be a delay in the start of Seattle Public Schools. We received this email from the district:
Families,The Seattle Education Association (SEA), which represents teachers, rejected the district’s latest contract proposal. They plan to meet again on September 3 to vote on whatever the proposal is at that time. With the start of school on September 4, we are encouraging families to develop back up plans should Seattle Public Schools not open on time. We realize the impact a labor strike would have on our families. We are working with child care providers and the City of Seattle to develop options for your students in the event school is not in session on September 4. Those resources, along with other information, will be posted tomorrow at www.seattleschools.org. We will send you additional messages as new information is available. Again, we are working to reach an agreement with teachers, but it is possible that school will not start on September 4. Please visit www.seattleschools.org for additional information.Thank you for your patience and support during this time.Seattle Public Schools Office of Public Affairs
Extended summer vacation, or childcare nightmare? One parent writes:
I doubt there will be a strike. But if there is, then my work life will be extremely disrupted for the days it lasts. (As a single parent who receives no child support, I also can’t afford to find and pay for childcare for strike days. My kiddo will end up coming to work with me, which is definitely problematic.) In turn, the school year will be extended – complicating childcare next summer. I will feel no compunction about disrupting the district’s high-attendance goals, and the teachers’ workdays, by scheduling a family vacation during any school-year “extensions”. I support the teachers’ goals to limit the caseload for special-ed staff, but fighting for a 7.5 hour workday when middle-school teachers at the same salary work 8.0? Rubbish.
Another parent writes:
I believe teachers need to be paid what they deserve and that they should be fairly evaluated. I wish they could have figured this before the start of the school year, but I guess I understand the timing. If there’s a strike, we will support the teachers, and enjoy our extra time together before school starts.
What are your thoughts? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.