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Students Rally to Support Teachers

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MEDFORD, Ore. — In just three days, Medford teachers are set to walk out of the classroom if a bargaining deal is not reached.  As the deadline looms closer, students are backing their teachers, holding demonstrations before school.

According to the Student Demonstration to Support Medford Teachers Facebook page, this is a quiet and respectful demonstration. Students said they are doing it only to show their support for their teachers.

North Medford High School is one of the schools participating in the demonstrations.  South Medford High School as well as Hedrick and McLoughlin Middle Schools are also hosting demonstrations.

The first demonstration was held early this morning before school, but a smaller than expected turn out showed up.

About nine students stood along Crater Lake Avenue, holding signs and raising awareness about the possible strike.  Students say they plan on meeting before school and doing demonstrations daily, leading up to Thursday, the day teachers are set to strike.

“The community… from what I’ve seen… is very broken up over the situation so to see the students come together, and support their teachers is awesome,” said Demitria Rochon, Student Demonstration to Support Medford Teachers organizer.

The Student Demonstration to Support Medford Teachers Facebook page said these demonstrations are meant to be peaceful.  The group is not condoning poor behavior or rude comments.

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  1. Garl Grigsby says:

    Why don’t you do some real reporting. Yes the union has some issues, but there is a whole other side to this conflict you are ignoring. First who is going to pay for the demands of the union! Second is where do teaches rank as to pay and benefits for the area? Where can I get a job I can’t get fired from, that I only work 9 months per year and have full benefits paid for by my employer. Why don’t you talk to Representative Dennis Richardson for an update on Oregon Pers.

    1. Sara says:

      1) The district has received increased revenues starting this year, which is why the teachers are expecting the district to fulfill their part of the bargain. Why aren’t you asking where that money has gone? The teachers and the classrooms haven’t seen any of it.

      2) Medford teacher salaries and benefits rank very poorly, and have been *decreasing* in even absolute terms for the last many years. For the level of education and so on required, teaching pays poorly. I made more in my first job with just a Bachelor’s and no additional training than a new Medford teacher with a Master’s, and I had better benefits.

      3) Teachers can be fired, but cause must be shown. Teachers do not get paid for the summer – most just choose to have their pay stretched out over 12 months. I’m also not sure where you get the idea teachers work only nine months.

      Wise up. You’re being lied to and falling for it hook, line, and sinker.

    2. Kevin says:

      Well said. It’s usually the libs that full for propaganda “hook, line, and sinker.” Progressive liberalism-teaching our children that it’s possible to get something for nothing. So sad.

  2. Kevin says:

    First of all, what increased revenues? specifics please. And even if there are specific extra revenues, the way Oregon legislature is written, it is NOT to go to the pockets of teachers. It is supposed to go to pay for extra teachers and thus reduce class size; helping THE STUDENTS!!!
    Second, teachers pay is NOT decreasing so I’m not sure where you got that information. Teachers pay is NOT poor. The average pay in the Medford/So. Oregon is nearly $63,000 annually. I have no doubt that teachers love what they do (most of them) but if I went to school long enough to earn my Master’s for a teaching job, I would be FULLY aware of the financial situation I was getting into. i.e. you don’t like the pay, don’t work the job.
    And finally, teachers get paid for a 190-day-year work contract so, by my calculations that’s 9 months worth of work. I personally know several teachers, none of whom work 40+ hours during the summer break….NONE.
    I’d say you are the one falling for the propaganda….hook, line, and sinker. :-(

    1. Sara says:

      It would be nice if that’s what’s planned for the money, but it’s not.

      I’m getting my info from public data and the multitude of teachers I know personally and yes I have seen pay stubs. 63K is not average – a near retirement teacher with extra degrees might make that, I’ll give you that. 45K is the average. New teachers make significantly less, and some qualify for public aid.

      ‘Don’t like the pay, don’t do the job’ is dismissive. Teachers provide an incredibly valuable service to society, and if we want to attract the best people into teaching we need to remunerate them properly. Doing otherwise indicates that we don’t truly value education, or our kids’ futures. People will continue to go into teaching, but it will be harder to get them to come here.

      Teachers may get paid for 190 days. but they work beyond that before and after the school year ends, on weekends, and during their evenings. In total hours worked, the ones I know at least meet if not exceed the 2,000 hours of work per year generally considered full-time full-year employment.

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