School delayed for thousands as teachers hit picket lines

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The school year has been delayed for more than 75,000 students in southwest Washington this week as teachers and districts failed to reach contract agreements over teacher salaries.

Teachers in at least seven school districts are picketing Wednesday. Two districts in Vancouver are among the largest in the state.

Meanwhile, teachers in Seattle and other cities have authorized strikes if they don't reach salary agreements by the time school starts either this week or next.

Teachers in nearly all 295 school districts in the state opened contract negotiations after the Legislature in March approved an additional $1 billion for educator salaries for the upcoming school year. The state had been under a court order to fully fund K-12 school.

Teachers in Longview, Battle Ground and Ridgefield are among those on strike.

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