Judge: Striking Wash. teachers could be replaced

September 19, 2011 - 3:50 PM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge says he's considering giving Washington state's third-largest school district the option to hire replacement teachers for those on the picket line.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/njc9RV ) that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff's comment came in a Monday hearing. Tacoma school district spokesman Dan Voelpel says the district didn't request a replacement order.

The strike has idled 28,000 students and sent most of its 1,900 teachers to picket lines.

Teachers voted to strike Sept. 12 and voted again last week to remain on strike despite a judge's order to return to work. The next court hearing is set for Sept. 27.

Union spokesman Rich Wood says talks with the district are scheduled to restart Monday afternoon.