Tiffany Smiley Issues Statement in Response to the Seattle Public Schools Teachers Strike

For Immediate Release

September 6, 2022


Tiffany Smiley Issues Statement in Response to the Seattle Public Schools Teachers Strike

Given the setbacks in education caused by COVID, now is not the time to once again shut down our schools

Pasco, WA – Despite the many setbacks students now face in the aftermath of COVID-related school closures, the Seattle Education Association today voted to authorize a teachers strike. The strike will keep Seattle Public Schools – the largest public school district in the state of Washington – closed until the district and teachers union agree to a new educator contract.

Veterans advocate and U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement in response to the strike authorization:

“Students across Washington – and the country – have fallen behind in their education as teachers unions forced schools to remain closed for far too long during the pandemic, despite scientific evidence that showed kids are far less susceptible to COVID-19,” said Smiley. Newly released data shows that students’ reading and math test scores have fallen sharply since 2020, when schools were shut down and our children had to rely on remote and distance learning.

“While I agree teachers need to be paid more – and our education system needs massive reforms – now is not the time to keep students out of the classroom,” Smiley continued. “Unlike my opponent Patty Murray – who refuses to admit it was a mistake to keep students out of the classroom for so long during the pandemic – I will always stand with Washington families and our students who deserve the best possible education we can provide.”

Earlier today, Smiley released her Agenda for Education Recovery and Reform, which includes a plan to provide teachers a pay raise. These pay raises would be funded, in part, by reducing the bureaucracy in the U.S. Department of Education.

Click here to see the full “Agenda for Education Recovery and Reform.”

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