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No school in Tumwater Monday as teachers, district head back to court

Special ed teacher delivers emotional address at overflow meeting of Tumwater teachers, supporters

An unidentified special education teacher discusses how she loves her job despite its difficulties at an overflow meeting of striking Tumwater teachers and supporters at the Washington Education Association office Thursday night.
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An unidentified special education teacher discusses how she loves her job despite its difficulties at an overflow meeting of striking Tumwater teachers and supporters at the Washington Education Association office Thursday night.

Tumwater School District officials have cancelled school for Monday, and teachers and district leaders will be back in court that day unless a contract deal is reached over the weekend.

Teachers have been on strike since Sept. 1. On Wednesday, a judge ordered the teachers to go back to work but did not set a return-to-work date or penalties for teachers who refused to comply.

Tumwater teachers were a no-show at schools Thursday and schools were closed Friday.

On Friday, the school district the court asked for an enforcement hearing, which has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. The district said it will seek a per-day fine of $2,329, a prorated amount of what Tumwater teachers pay in dues to the union.

According to the school district, bargaining continued Friday.

“We remain optimistic that we will reach an agreement quickly and that the hearing will not be necessary,” according to Laurie Wiedenmeyer, a district spokeswoman.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869

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