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Seattle-Area Teachers Negotiate As Strike Looms

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FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012, AT 12:01 A.M. PST - In this photo taken Jan. 11, 2012, students fill the halls between classes at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle. Students used to have a lot of excuses for why they missed school or showed up late at the urban school, but are being heard much less frequently now. Staff members call the homes of children who don't show up, teachers make home visits with police officers and a school-based social worker helps families. In August 2013, Se | AP

SEATTLE -- With teacher strikes a possibility in Seattle and another district, Washington's teachers union says negotiations are continuing and agreements could be reached before classes begin next week.

The teachers in the South Kitsap School District have set an earlier deadline, however, than Seattle teachers. Washington Education Association spokesman Rich Wood says the teachers in Port Orchard have decided they will go on strike if they do not have a contract by Saturday.

Seattle teachers have made plans to take another vote – possibly on a new contract – on Tuesday, the day before the school year is scheduled to begin.

Wood says close to 200 Washington school districts had contracts up for discussion this year.

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