As I'm sure all the parents have heard by now, there will be no school again tomorrow, Tuesday September 19th. On the bright side, the weather is supposed to be beautiful and nearly 80 degrees. Perfect day for the beach. If you don't have a Discover Pass to get into the state parks, I recommend a trip to the (free) Metro Parks run beach south of Dash Point State Park.
A quick update on developments over the weekend:
Union and district bargainers worked through the weekend and into the day, exchanging proposals.
The two parties are still working their way to agreement on the salary schedule.
On teacher displacements (the main bone of contention), both TEA and the district seem to be willing to create a committee to decide how displacements will work. They are still working out the details of how and when the committee's findings will become binding, and what role seniority must play.
Although a resolution was not reached today, prospects are much less grim than they were on Friday.
At this morning's hearing to show cause for contempt proceedings, Judge Brian Chushcoff announced that he might be willing to authorize replacement teachers for striking union members. The district was quick to state that they did not request this relief and are not interested in replacing teachers.
If the strike continues through next weekend, a contempt hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 27th. Penalties for individual teachers may apply retroactively through last Wednesday.
On the relief for parents front:
- St. Leo's Food Connection is working to provide backpack food through its partner schools
- Metro Parks, Pump it Up Tacoma, and the YMCA are all offering day camps at a rate of $35 a day
- Metro Parks is offering free drop in activities at some community centers
- The Boys & Girls Clubs have all-day programs (including food) with special rates for families receiving free and reduced priced lunch. They will work with families who don't have the cash this week.
- The Puyallup Fair offers "dizzypasses" through Thursday, unlimited rides for $25.