Tacoma Public School District and Tacoma Education Association were in court today to work out the teachers strike and labor issues.
Tacoma School District attorney Shannon McMinimee rattled off several harms regarding the teachers strike - seniors late in graduating, preschool not starting on time, Tacoma's online students do not have teachers, disabled students can't receive needed services which the district receieves funding for from the state, students who qualify for free or reduced luches or breakfasts who don't get fed due to the strike. Her point was school needed to start now because students need the services now.
McMinimee also said any public employees can not go on strike. She named 19 courts that had ruled that strikes by public employees are ilegal.
TEA attorney, Tyler Firkins, argued that the district had no substatial evidence that showed the strike had harms or potential harms.
Firkins pointed out that the school year calendar is not set in stone and can be adjusted.
TEA attorney said that because the school district only had 20 signatures that were on the restraining order, that it could not be issued. It's a moot point now, because Judge Bryan Chushcoff checked and it is allowed. He issued the restraining order in action forcing teachers back to the classroom Wednesday afternoon.
Teachers have been on strike for two days. With the judges ruling school will begin tomorrow for students, just two hours late. Normal bus routes will be as normal.