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Mediation to Begin for Medford Schools

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MEDFORD, Ore. —  For teachers in the Medford School District, the new school year started without a new contract. Mediation sessions between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association begin Tuesday and a rally is planned to show support for the teachers.

“Our goal, by this rally, is to show that we’re united and we’re committed to obtaining a fair contract that works so that we can get back to the business of teaching, doing what we do best,” said Medford Education Association spokeswoman Catherine Brasseur.

Medford School District Superintendent Dr. Phil Long said Tuesday’s mediation session will bring a new proposal.

“We’re prepared to bring an updated proposal. We’d really like to share that in the beginning so that maybe we can move this along and seek to resolve it,” said Dr. Long.

Among the main concerns from the M.E.A. are compensation and student learning conditions, two things the union’s representatives said were not acceptable in the previous proposal.

“Teachers will have less opportunity to collaborate, to work with students, to design instruction that is individualized and best for their students,” said Brasseur

Both sides are ready to have the new contract behind them and said Tuesday’s mediation session could be the first step in getting this resolved.

“I think everyone wants to be able to get through this contract renegotiation that allows us to stay focused on kids but also value people,” said Dr. Long.

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  1. Fred says:

    Oh my. Overpaid, overcompensated and still they want more. Be happy you have a job now that Barry has ruined the American Economy. Don’t like your job ? QUIT and go elsewhere. Someone else will be Happy to take your place. Greed , Greed , Greed. Motto of todays Government employees.

    1. Denise says:

      Overpaid and overcompensated? How much equates overpaid? Starting wages with a degree at just over $30k is overpaid? Pay cuts for the 6th year in a row is acceptable? Tell me, Fred, how much are you making? What are your benefits? Google the information and find out the facts.

      The fact is, I want high quality teachers that love what they do educating my children, not high turn around teachers that are only in it for the short run. Why would teachers want to come to Medford right now? We need to make this place desirable and right now, our schools fall way short of desirable. 38 students in 6th grade classrooms? 31 kids in second grade? This is wrong no matter where you live. I think you missed the whole point.

      Pull your head out of the sand. Go volunteer in a classroom. At minimum, spend a day or more in a school and then come back with your easy remarks about how overpaid and overcompensated teachers are. Oh, by the way, “someone else will be happy to take your place” is lame. You have to meet the state and district standards of “highly qualified” which brings us back to the qualifications of needing a masters degree.

      1. J says:

        Thank you!

        While not a Medford teacher myself, I know many and it is absolutely RIDICULOUS what the district has been putting teachers through lately. There’s this idea that public employees have not been ‘sharing the pain’ of the economic downturn, but they have and still get slapped in the face for it by the ignorant like Fred above.

        Want good teachers? Want good schools? Make those jobs and environments attractive in pay, respect, etc. It works in the countries that walk their talk about valuing education.

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