On Wednesday, the 38th day of what has now become the longest teacher’s strike in state history, Gov. Gary Locke jumped into the fray.
“It is unacceptable that this strike has continued for so long,” the governor said, after meeting privately with both the Marysville school board and local teachers.
He called for them to re-open school Monday, with or without a contract. The two sides are deadlocked over pay issues.
The strike has left local parents struggling to find — and pay for — childcare. High school seniors are also worried about getting their college applications in on time. Some students have picketed, urging for an end to the strike. And some angry parents have filed a lawsuit, trying to force the teachers back to their classrooms without a contract.