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Kent students return to school in two weeks — but not if teachers go on strike first

Christie Padilla, (r) Kent Eduation Association President, high fives Kentridge High School choir teacher Cathy Robinson outside of the Kent School District administrative offices at a rally Thursday, August 9, 2018. Members of the Kent Education Association were there to rally from 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

 The KEA, which represents more than 1,500 certificated teachers who work in the Kent School District, has a bargaining session planned Thursday morning. According to Padilla, there are no more bargaining sessions planned after this to determine a new salary schedule to incorporate the increased funding by the state Legislature for teacher compensation.  The teachers are hopeful that KSD will agree to a new salary schedule the bargaining team can take to the membership. There are many members who are prepared to consider a work stoppage if it is proposed. At this time there is no proposal for a strike vote.

With only two weeks until classes resume in the Kent School District, teachers there are threatening to strike. Unless the district's teachers union and district officials reach a deal on higher pay, teachers say they will walk out the day before school starts. The threat comes during a hectic negotiation season for teachers unions, whose contracts reopened...

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