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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2011, 8:32 A.M.

Tacoma Schools, teachers being called to Principal Gregoire’s office

OLYMPIA -- Tacoma School officials and the teachers' union there may be headed for detention.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said that if they haven't settled the strike by 3 p.m. today they "will report to my office and stay untill their differences are reconciled and the school doors reopen."

"There is no question that the Tacoma teacher strike has continued far too long -- disrupting the lives of families and the 28,000 students who need to be in school," she said. At her direction, the two sides went back to the bargaining table this morning with a 3 p.m. deadline.

Corporal punishment has been banned in public schools for quite some time. Not sure if that applies to teachers and administrators. If not, should it be Gregoire applying the paddle or one of her state patrol security guards?

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