Strike ending for last Washington teachers still picketing

  • Meeting in the Tumwater High School gymnasium Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Tumwater, Wash. Black Hills High School teacher Matt Bell leads a jubilant group of his fellow educators in the Neil Diamond song “Sweet Caroline” as they celebrate a 98% ratification of their new two-year contract with the district. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)

SEATTLE — The last of the estimated 125,000 Washington state children who missed the start of school because of teacher strikes are now all going back to class, ending a series of teacher strikes over pay raises that escalated some cases to court and state intervention.