Washington isn’t the only school district to go on strike this week. Seattle teachers also walked.
In a separate statement, the Ridgefield Education Association (REA) and the RSD acknowledged that talks had progressed but that no final agreement could be reached.
According to the union, REA members voted on August 29, with 92% in favor, authorizing the board to strike if an agreement was deemed necessary. On September 5th, the REA Board decided to go on strike if no agreement was reached by September 9th.
“While progress has been made towards an agreement, the RSD team will use available funding to provide more mental health support, improvements for special education students, and better programs for student interventions. “District leadership cannot talk about making these a priority. Solutions must be in writing in the contract.”
All RSD schools and offices are currently closed, according to the district website, and meal services will also be suspended until the strike is resolved.
Currently enrolling approximately 3,850 students, the school district is located near the Oregon border, approximately 15 miles north of Vancouver, Washington.
The negotiating team is expected to meet on Friday and continue negotiations until the weekend or until a tentative agreement is reached.