Puyallup teachers voted Thursday to join the one-day strike movement that teachers in more than 50 school districts around the state are staging as a protest to the Legislature.
The Puyallup School District announced Friday that the walkout date will be June 3, when all classes will be canceled. To make up for the lost school day, the last day of school in Puyallup has been changed to June 19.
Although school will not be held June 3, after-school activities and evening events previously planned will continue, the district said. In addition, end-of-course exams for high school students will be rescheduled, and schools will communicate their revised testing calendar. School building offices will be open.
The Puyallup Education Association represents nearly 1,200 certificated Puyallup School District employees, including teachers, nurses and other professionals. PEA President Karen McNamara did not reveal a final vote tally for Thursday’s membership vote, but she said the meeting was well-attended and that the vote showed “overwhelming support” for the one-day walkout.
Teachers unions around the state are organizing the walkouts to protest the Legislature’s inaction on school funding for lower class sizes, teacher raises and other issues.
Puyallup Superintendent Tim Yeomans said he understands this will be an inconvenience for parents
“We appreciate the work of our teachers in service to our students and the work of our legislators to serve the state as a whole,” he said in a news release. “We recognize that together everyone needs to find a solution.”