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Kelso school district goes to court to stop teachers strike

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Kelso, WA (KPTV) — The Kelso School District is asking a judge to order striking teachers back to work as the district canceled classes for a third day Friday.

KPTV-TV reports (http://goo.gl/IK4GUE) the district filed for an injunction Wednesday to try to stop the teachers strike, saying it’s illegal.

A hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in Cowlitz County Superior Court.

Kelso Education Association spokeswoman Sandy DeBruler says she would like the contract dispute settled at the bargaining table not the courtroom. A call to the district was not immediately returned Thursday.

Teachers went on strike Wednesday over pay and other issues. Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich has said the district offered a proposal that would bring pay in line with what teachers receive in nearby Longview.

The district serves about 5,000 students in southwest Washington.

The motion asks a judge to order all striking employees to return to work or be in contempt of court and face sanctions.