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What happens to sports if Tacoma teachers strike?

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm with 6 Comments »
September 12, 2011 2:01 pm

Tacoma School District teachers will vote Monday evening whether or not to go on strike.

There are many, many ramifications and consequences of a strike, but over here in our corner of the world, there’s one in particular that we’ll address — sports.

According to the Tacoma School District, a strike won’t affect athletics.

“The district plans to allow all sports to continue,” district spokesman Dan Voelpel wrote in an e-mail Monday afternoon.

Coaches, even those that are teachers, have contracts with the district that are separate from teaching contracts. That’s how other school districts kept sports going, while teachers were on strike. When teachers in the Kent School District went on strike for 19 days at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, athletic events carried on as scheduled.

Of course, as of Monday afternoon, nothing is set in stone. So, check back this evening and Tuesday morning for updates on this fluid situation.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. This shows our distorted sense of values!

    A strike just can’t affect sports! Learning? No problem! Daycare? Big problem!

  2. What kind of crap is this—-CANCEL SPORTS

  3. jiffyjet2 says:

    School is cancelled? Cancel all sports. Either school is in session or it isn’t. Shall we still have proms, homecoming…no cancel all of it.

  4. SpikeMalice says:

    Cancel it all. Fire the strikers. Clean house, and start over.

  5. mikebailey says:

    It seems to me that if students aren’t in class, then taking part in extra-curricular activities shouldn’t be allowed. I’m not for penalizing the students, but it seems patently unfair to the majority of students who don’t take part in sports. They get no benefit from this, and isn’t begin treated fair and equal what matters?
    Are the student athletes who get a PE credit for this any more special than any other students? Aren’t they actually in school in this case?
    If all students are to be kept out of class then cancel sports.

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