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Kelso teachers to strike Wednesday, schools closed

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) — Teachers in the southwestern Washington town of Kelso will go on strike Wednesday after last-minute talks with Kelso School District officials over pay and other issues failed.

KATU News reports an eleventh hour negotiating session ended Tuesday evening without agreement after four hours.

District officials had canceled Wednesday classes earlier on Tuesday. They say no access to schools will be provided until the strike ends although school sports practices and events will take place.

Kelso teachers voted Monday to go on strike if they didn’t have a contract. They have been working without a contract since June 30.

Kelso School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich said in a letter to parents that the district’s focus is geared toward a quick end to the strike.