Teachers in 1-day protest walkouts in 3 Wash. districts; asking legislative action


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MARYSVILLE, Washington — Teachers in three Washington school districts have staged brief walkouts, calling for better pay and asking state legislators to completely fund a voter-approved initiative that would lower the number of students per class.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/OQrewk ) that Wednesday's strikes involved about 700 teachers.

Teachers from the Lakewood School District in Marysville held signs saying "Good schools require good funding," on an interstate overpass. Schools in that district and the nearby Stanwood-Camano School District were closed.

Stanwood-Camano teachers met in a park and marched around town.

In Arlington, classes were taught Wednesday morning but teachers rallied in the afternoon.

The Times says teachers in five other cities —Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Mount Vernon and Anacortes — plan similar half- or full-day walkouts on Friday. Seattle teachers will decide next week whether to stage their own strike.

Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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