Teachers to illegally walk out Wed; March in Kirkland in protest of legislature

Lake Washington teachers will stage a one-day walk-out on May 6, with a "It's Time To March" rally in Kirkland from 11 am to 4 pm. Participants are to walk from Heritage Park, 111 Waverly Way to Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza along Market Street to culminate in a rally at Marina Park.  Late week, Superintendent Traci Pierce sent an email to district families advising that schools will be closed Wednesday and a make-up day will be added to the end of the school year.

The City of Kirkland issued the special event permit to the Lake Washington Education Association.

The teacher's walk out is illegal according to former WA Attorney General, Rob McKenna (www.smartergovernmentwa.org).

The following information is from http://www.lakewashingtonea.org:

Tentative Schedule of Events*

Lake Washington Education Association

Walkout against the State Legislature

7 – 8:30 AM Report to Regular Schools: Check in at your school 30 minutes before the regular student start time to get picket location and directions for the day. 

7:30 - 9:30 AM Sign wavingAt strategic-high visibility locations around the district.

9:30 - 12:30 PM  Community Engagement Project: You will receive details about this when you report to schools in the morning.

12:30 PM            Meet Bus Locations (Juanita HS or Lake WA HS):Members and supporters park at either Juanita HS or Lake Washington HS load onto buses to be shuttled to Heritage Park (111 Waverly Way, Kirkland)

12:45 – 1:15 PM  Members and Supporters Dropped off/Meet at Heritage ParkBuses will drop off participants and shuttle back for other participants (6 buses running from each site – estimating 3 trips each)

1:15 – 1:30 PM     March from Heritage Park to Marina Pavilion & Park:(25 Lakeshore Plaza Way, Kirkland)

1:30 – 2:30 PM     It’s Time Rally at Marina Pavilion

3:00 – 4:30+ PM   Voluntary sign waving at key locations

* Some details are still being confirmed and are subject to change.