Teachers and TEA members protest outside of Foster High School on Sept. 5, which was supposed to be the first day of school for the Tukwila School District. Photo by Kayse Angel

Teachers and TEA members protest outside of Foster High School on Sept. 5, which was supposed to be the first day of school for the Tukwila School District. Photo by Kayse Angel

School is cancelled, again

The Tukwila School District and the Tukwila Education Association still haven’t come to an agreement regarding teacher salaries.

School is cancelled, again, for all Tukwila students.

Students will not return to the classroom Friday, Sept. 7.

In a press release from the Tukwila School District Thursday afternoon, it stated the district and the Tukwila Education Association (TEA) are still bargaining.

According to the release, negotiations continued until 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“We remain optimistic that we will reach a solution that will support our community,” Tukwila School District Superintendent Designee, Dr. JoAnne Fabian, said in the release.

According to Debbie Aldous, TEA Treasurer and Showalter Middle School teacher, the district and the TEA have been bargaining for about six days now, as of Wednesday — which was scheduled to be the first day of school.

Today marks the seventh day and still, nothing has been agreed on between the district and the TEA.

Although nothing has been decided, Aldous said she has hope they will agree on something soon.

“We (the TEA) do feel pretty positive that yesterday (Sept. 4) seemed to actually feel like an actual bargaining day, it went beyond a few hours. They bargained from 10 a.m. passed 9:30 p.m. and they’re back there this morning (Wednesday),” she said.

Right now, Aldous said staff members and TEA members are feeling anxious, frustrated and just want school to start.

“We’re doing this for our kids,” Aldous said.

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