Family to withdraw from district due to Tacoma teacher strike

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 20, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 20 at 11:21 PM

TACOMA , Wash. -- Tacoma teachers have been on the picket lines since last Tuesday, and for one family that's already enough.

The Benthein sisters, Linnea, Skye, Autumn and Topanga, all miss the classroom. Their father, Michael, says it's been tough for him and his wife to deal with.

But after watching the drama of the last week, including a picket line confrontation, and more than one courtroom showdown, he's ready to move the kids to another school district.

"Transferring them over to Orting because it doesn't look like there is an end in sight," said Micheal. "How long is this going to go on?"

It's a bittersweet decision for his family, but he says one that will benefit their future education in this situation.

"It's a better idea to go to a new school but then again, we would lose most of our old friends...which would upset me," said 10-year-old Autumn.

Tacoma Public Schools spokesperson Dan Voelpel says only a handful, possibly 10 out of the 28,000 students in the district, have filed for withdrawal because of the strike.

The Tacoma Education Association says the union remains on strike in order to negotiate teacher reassignment, class size, and salaries.

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