A teacher strike kept Seattle schools closed on the first day of school yesterday, reports AP. However, Seattle charter schools remained open, despite a state Supreme Court ruling denying state funding.
In addition to more money — Seattle teachers have gone six years without a cost-of-living raise — teachers want changes in testing and discipline policies and more preparation time, said Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association.
Teachers earn $44,000 to $86,000, depending on experience and advanced degrees, according to the district.
Charter leaders are seeking private donations to keep the state’s nine charter schools open for the school year, reports the Seattle Times.
Late last week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled the state’s charter law is unconstitutional because charters don’t have elected school boards.
Pro-charter legislators could put a constitutional amendment authorizing charter schools on the November 2016 ballot. That would require a two-thirds’ majority vote in both the state House and Senate.