Teachers Protesting New Testing

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon teachers are calling for an end to the state’s new standardized tests before they even reach the classroom, arguing that the system is too rigorous and sets students up for failure. Next year, Oregon will adopt the Smarter Balance Assessment, joining more than 40 other states using the Common Core standardized … Continue reading »

Teachers Ratify New Contract

MEDFORD, Ore. – After roughly a week of casting and collecting ballots, Medford teachers have officially ratified the agreement that ended the strike. The final count was performed Friday evening. Representatives of the MEA say it was not unanimous but it was enough to pass the contract. Those new terms are set to expire June, … Continue reading »

Superintendent Search Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. — While the teachers’ strike has come to an end in the Medford School District, the search for a new superintendent continues. “We’re not just looking for a superintendent of schools, we’re looking for a key leader in our community,” said Medford School Board Chair Jeff Thomas. Current superintendent, Dr. Phil Long, announced … Continue reading »

Both Sides Call Strike-Ending Deal a Win

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford teachers and students are back in school for the first normal day of classes since teachers went on strike almost three weeks ago. “The biggest feeling is just, it’s over and now we can get back to work,” said instructional coach and MEA representative Lisa North. That sigh of relief should … Continue reading »

Tentative Agreement Addresses Class Size

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford teachers are back in their classrooms for the first time since the strike began. On Sunday, nearly 600 teachers re-entered their schools to warm welcomes from principals and staff. Nearly all of those teachers were dressed in their black “iTeach” t-shirts in solidarity. “As we were out there we just became… … Continue reading »

School Board Recall Effort Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. – Despite a tentative agreement between the Medford School District and teachers’ union, efforts to recall the Medford school board will continue. Saturday afternoon, signature gatherers as part of the 549c School Board Recall group met for training at the Jackson County Library. Members were trained in the legal requirements for gathering signatures. … Continue reading »

Schools Prepare for Return to Normal

MEDFORD, Ore – For the first time in more than two weeks, no shouts can be heard and no picket lines can be seen outside Medford schools. A deal struck between the school district and teachers’ union late Friday night will allow schools to go back to their normal schedules on Monday. But that gives … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: MEA and District Meet

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hundreds of teachers crowded a Medford intersection on Thursday, still drawing attention to their cause, while bargaining teams continue to inch toward progress. Both sides are keeping tight-lipped about what’s happened inside the Rogue Regency. “Both teams decided to not put information about actual bargaining out into the public, so we have … Continue reading »

Parents Speak Up as Bargaining Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. – Megaphones blare among a sea of parents filling the front lawn of the Medford School District headquarters. “I’d like them to open their eyes, open their ears, open their minds to what they’re doing,” said parent Jon Buckley. Fourteen days of striking have left demonstrators with little hope, but plenty of energy. … Continue reading »

School Labor Practices Under Dispute

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford teacher strike is not the only problem between the MEA and the school district. The two sides have been arguing over multiple Unfair Labor Practice complaints (ULP’s) while bargaining has been going on. One complaint, filed in July of last year by the MEA against the district, claims two teachers … Continue reading »

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