Teachers from the Franklin Pierce School District and their supporters plan to wave signs on the Portland Avenue overpass across State Route 512 Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The after-school action is designed to demonstrate their displeasure over proposed state laws that would affect pay and working conditions for teachers statewide.
Franklin Pierce Education Association President Pam Kruse said teachers union members in her district also plan to meet Monday May 4 to vote on whether to stage a one-day strike like those that have occurred in other districts around the state.
So far, 18 local unions have voted to strike, and Marysville teachers are among the latest to vote in favor of a walkout in protest over several issues, including a lack of action on full funding for education as mandated by the state Supreme Court, and the budget plan drawn up by Senate Republicans.
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“Our members feel strongly that the time is now to get something done and, the lack of progress in Olympia is unacceptable,” Marysville Education Association President Randy Davis said in a news release. “We expect the Legislature to fully fund smaller class sizes in every grade level as required by voter-approved I-1351, and we need the state to fund competitive, professional salaries and benefits so we can continue attracting and keeping qualified, caring teachers for our kids.”
Marysville teachers will stage a one-day strike on Friday May 1.
Teachers have been protesting this spring over a number of issues, including state proposals, prompted by the U.S. Department of Education, to tie their job evaluations to student test scores.
And they also dislike a proposal that would eliminate local union bargaining for some forms of supplemental pay, repeal the voter initiative that called for teacher cost-of-living raises and replace it with a statewide plan that would vary teacher pay by region, based on the cost-of-living in each region.