The Tacoma teachers union plans to hold a general membership meeting next week to decide whether to join the one-day strikes that teachers in more than 40 other Washington school districts are taking part in.
Tacoma Education Association President Angel Morton said that representatives from each Tacoma school met Tuesday and decided to call the larger membership meeting. She said the time and place for next week’s meeting are still being determined.
Teachers around the state are organizing the one-day walkouts to protest the Legislature’s inaction on school funding, teacher raises and other issues.
In addition to the membership meeting, Tacoma teachers also plan to hold a “grade-in” to illustrate the volume of work they do outside of school hours.
“Teachers are going to be camped out, doing their end-of-term grading,” Morton said. “The idea is to highlight how much of the day teachers spend after hours taking care of student work and teaching responsibilities.”
Morton said TEA plans to seek a permit to hold the event from 4-6 p.m. May 26 at Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma.