Spokane teachers approve one-day walkout May 27

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane public school teachers and staff have voted to participate in a one-day strike on May 27, saying they want state lawmakers to fully fund basic education.

The Spokesman Review reports (http://is.gd/ISkRTD ) that the vote tallied Wednesday showed more than 65 percent of nearly 2,500 Spokane Education Association members support the strike.

On Tuesday, teachers in Seattle, Mercer Island and Issaquah participated in a one-day strike, joining nearly 60 other school districts across the state that have planned or taken similar action.

Teachers at Tuesday's march in Seattle said they hoped parents would call their lawmakers to tell them to find the money to pay for smaller classes, teacher raises and other needs of public schools.

Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger said the district shares the teachers' frustration but a walkout affects families.

Spokane classes will be cancelled May 27, and students will have to attend school on June 18, one day longer than originally scheduled.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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