Seattle Strike Ends

Seattle teacher union officials have called off their strike and students have returned to school more than a week after their original start date.   Jason Russell has the story in the Washington Examiner.

In a win for the union, the district will no longer use test scores as a factor in teacher evaluations.

In spite of the strike, there doesn’t appear to be much bad blood between Seattle Public Schools and the teachers’ union. “We are grateful to both bargaining teams for working literally through the night to resolve differences,” Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland said in a statement. “It was just an incredible effort by both bargaining teams, who all care deeply about students.”

Thanks to the strike, the district must add six days to its schedule over the course of this school year. It also needs to alter graduation dates.