The Latest on Seattle teacher strike: 'We'll hold out as long as it takes,' educator says

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


8:50 a.m.

Teachers in Seattle are on the picket lines on what was supposed to be the first day of school after last-minute contract negotiations broke down.

The strike in Washington state's largest school district began Wednesday and sent parents scrambling to find alternative options, including working from home or signing up for other programs.

The district serves about 53,000 students. Members of the Seattle Education Association, which represents about 5,000 teachers and support staff, planned to picket all 97 schools in Seattle.

Amanda Poch, a 31-year-old kindergarten teacher at West Seattle Elementary, said she was "incredibly disappointed" that the talks broke down.

She pieced together picket signs that said "Fair Contract Now" and "On Strike," saying, "We'll hold out as long as it takes."