Strike was overwhelmingly voted by Teachers in the Kent School District, was collapsed after negotiations with district officials. At 7:15 p. m. on Wednesday, 86.4% of more than 1,500 members of the Kent Education Association were approved to cast a vote for strike. The strike was planned at 7 a.m. on Thursday and classes were scheduled to recommence on Monday.
The strike was for issues related to time, workload and wages. Lisa Brackin Johnson, President of Kent Education Association said that in the Puget Sound area Kent is one of the higher class averages. But Becky Hanks, the district spokeswoman said it’s just not practicable to reduce class size given the district’s budget.
The districts said that teachers are paid to seven-hour work in a day; they get a 30-minute lunch break, the teachers spent five of those hours in classroom teaching, and two hours leaving for everything else like to grading papers, to meeting with students and lesson planning. More information about Kent School District Strike.