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The record-breaking 49-day strike in Washington's Marysville school district did not end in a puff of good feelings. Rather, this week the teachers union leveled charges of non-compliance with the strike-ending court order after they realized that the teachers had not been awarded their (ironically-named) "Time, Responsibility, and Incentives" (TRI) pay. The school district denied the charges and insisted that they would eventually calculate and pay out TRI but that the strike had interfered with payroll.

In case you thought it looked like hurt feelings might be smoothed over, there is more trouble on the horizon. The long-running strike caused many students to flee the district, which in turn will diminish the state per-student subsidy for Marysville. As a result, teacher lay-offs may be part of the fallout from the strike.