EDUCATION

The Latest: No classes again Thursday as Seattle teacher strike continues for second day

  • Seattle Public Schools bargaining team members Jon Halfaker, left, executive director of schools/Northwest region, Keven Wynkoop, Ballard High School principal, and spokesperson Stacy Howard answer further questions after a news conference about the teacher's strike, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Thousands of Seattle teachers marched on picket lines Wednesday as they went on strike for the first time in three decades amid increasing complaints that their salaries have not kept up with the city's booming tech economy. The walkout, which began on what was supposed to be the first day of school, comes as teachers in Seattle have gone six years without a cost-of-living increase, and many say they are scrambling to afford housing in a city where living expenses are rapidly increasing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Public Schools bargaining team members Jon Halfaker, left, executive director of schools/Northwest region, Keven Wynkoop, Ballard High School principal, and spokesperson Stacy Howard answer further questions after a news conference about the teacher's strike, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Thousands of Seattle teachers marched on picket lines Wednesday as they went on strike for the first time in three decades amid increasing complaints that their salaries have not kept up with the city's booming tech economy. The walkout, which began on what was supposed to be the first day of school, comes as teachers in Seattle have gone six years without a cost-of-living increase, and many say they are scrambling to afford housing in a city where living expenses are rapidly increasing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Teachers Sarah Martin, left, and Ina Shepard, with microphone, lead cheers during picketing in front of Chief Sealth International High School Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Teachers in Seattle began walking picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state's largest school district. Classes for 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students were canceled Wednesday, on the scheduled first day of school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Teachers Sarah Martin, left, and Ina Shepard, with microphone, lead cheers during picketing in front of Chief Sealth International High School Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Teachers in Seattle began walking picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state's largest school district. Classes for 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students were canceled Wednesday, on the scheduled first day of school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Teachers walk a picket line in front of Chief Sealth International High School Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Teachers in Seattle began walking picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state's largest school district. Classes for 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students were canceled Wednesday, on the scheduled first day of school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Teachers walk a picket line in front of Chief Sealth International High School Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Seattle. Teachers in Seattle began walking picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state's largest school district. Classes for 53,000 Seattle Public Schools students were canceled Wednesday, on the scheduled first day of school. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on the strike by public-school teachers in Seattle (all times local):

10:19 a.m.

Seattle teachers have headed back to the picket lines to continue their strike over pay and other issues for a second day.

Mediators are meeting with teachers Thursday. Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard says Washington's largest school district is hoping for a quick resolution.

Both sides are apart on pay raises, teacher evaluations and other issues.

Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood said the strike is "an issue of respect." He says the school board is continuing talks about major issues they have been discussing all summer.

Seattle Public Schools and the teachers union failed to reach an agreement on a contract Tuesday. The walkout began Wednesday, on what was supposed to be the first day of school, and is affecting about 53,000 students.