The Blaine school district will be closed Friday, April 24 so teachers can participate in a regional teacher’s walkout demonstration.
Teachers in the Blaine Education Association voted today, April 17, to participate in the Washington Education Association’s walkout. The stated purpose of the demonstration is to allow teachers to attend various rallies protesting poor education funding from the state. Ron Spanjer, superintendent of the Blaine school district, said the state legislature is the focus of the demonstration, not the school district.
More than 2,600 teachers from eight school districts, including Bellingham and Ferndale, have committed to the walkout.
Spanjer said the lost day of school will be made up at a later date. He and his staff are trying to determine if support staff, including bus drivers, can be made available on May 4, a day previously scheduled as a teacher workday. If so, the district will reschedule the workday. Otherwise the school is considering June 10 as the makeup date.
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