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Highline teachers strike and rally across Burien

By Tim Clifford

Highline teachers rallied on street corners throughout Burien and Des Moines along thousands of other teachers across Washington State on May 21.

“The legislature needs to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to amply fund education and they simply aren’t doing it. We are here to draw public attention to the fact that schools currently aren’t funded right now and we need to make sure that we’ve got adequate funding to help our kids have the best learning environments possible,” said Jeb Binns of the Washington Education Association.

On May 20 thousands of teachers participated in a walkout and rally that moved through downtown Seattle and ended at the Seattle Center, the largest teacher strike in the state’s history so far. The strike on May 21 was specifically for Highline teachers.

The protests have been a push by over 63 teaching districts to inadequate funds for classrooms and the legislature’s refusal to increase the pay for educators.

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