Teachers' strike calls off first day of school

08/30/2009 | KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)

A teachers' strike canceled the first day of school in Washington's Kent County school district today. The educators cited increased workloads and class sizes -- some as high as 37 students -- as some of the major contract hurdles. "It's very frustrating when students need that help I'm not available to give them, that time that they need," said a teacher. The district says trimming the size of classes would cost $3 million, more than the district can afford.

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