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Striking Pasco teachers deciding next move after court order

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Striking Pasco teachers are considering their next move after a judge last week ordered them to return to school on Tuesday.

The Pasco Association of Educators, whose 1,160 teachers walked off the job last week, is scheduled to meet Monday night to decide whether to return to work after the holiday weekend.

Franklin County Judge Alex Ekstrom on Friday granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Pasco School District to force an end to that strike.

The Pasco School District said Monday morning it had not received confirmation that the teachers would comply with the order. It said it will make a determination in the evening about classes when there is indication of the teachers’ plan.

Both sides continued contract negotiation over the weekend.

Classes had been scheduled to begin Sept. 1 in the district of 17,000 students in southeast Washington.