Wash. teachers maintain strike despite judge order

(AP)  TACOMA, Wash. — Students in Washington state’s third-largest school district are taking a fourth straight day off Friday as opposing sides in a teachers strike meet with a judge, after the instructors defied his order to return to the classroom.

The Tacoma School District teachers walked out Tuesday over issues including pay, class size and how job transfers are handled.

A state judge issued an order Wednesday that they go back to class, but the teachers refused.

On Thursday, about 93 percent of the nearly 1,600 teachers gathered at the Tacoma Dome arena and voted overwhelmingly to keep picketing.

Many students have joined the picket lines and hundreds rallied in front of the Tacoma Dome before and during Thursday’s vote.

Rebecca Jimenez, a senior at Foss High School, said she was hoping the teachers would continue their strike.

“I think it’s a good example to show. If you’re going to do something, stick with it. Don’t give up,” she said.


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