Strike Adds Minutes to Student Schedules

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford teacher strike is over, but students and teachers are still dealing with the aftermath. After 11 days of teachers on the picket lines, district officials now have to find a way to make up the lost time. At South Medford High School, students are spending an extra 8 and a 1/2 … Continue reading »

Medford Teachers Voting on Contract

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Thursday, Medford educators are voting on the new teacher contract. MEA officials say teachers were given a ballot on Thursday, and must hand in their vote by 5 p.m. Friday. They say the votes will then be tallied and triple checked. Building representatives were given the ballots on Monday, but could … Continue reading »

School Board Recall Effort Ongoing

MEDFORD, Ore. – With contract negotiations still ongoing, a recall effort of four Medford school board members has already begun. On Saturday, training will begin for signature gatherers. The chief petitioner, Blake Weller, says they will continue no matter what because they are so unhappy with the work that four members in particular have done. … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Union Members Meeting

MEDFORD, Ore. — District officials said bargaining teams would likely reach a resolution Friday. But right now, bargaining teams continue to negotiate. This is the fourth consecutive day of back-and-forth negotiations this week. The Medford Education Association held a members only meeting on Friday at the Ramada Inn while the bargaining team remained behind closed … Continue reading »

Community Organizes Occupy Movement

MEDFORD, Ore. — Parents, students, and community members in Medford are gathering on the steps of the school district office for a new strike demonstration being called an Occupy movement. At 7 a.m. on Friday, the group started walking up the stairs trying to move into the building. The doors were locked, so the organizers … Continue reading »

A Look at Classwork During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students are on Day 7 of an altered schedule since the strike began, and district officials say the coursework assigned to students from kindergarten through high school is thought-out by substitutes, principals and curriculum teams. A Lone Pine Elementary parent, Jaime Mercer, has two kids attending the school a kindergartener and a … 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 »

StrikeWatch: Students Walk Out

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday marks the start of week three of the Medford teachers’ strike, and five minutes after the bell rang to start the day on Thursday, students got up from their desks and left. Those students say they won’t be going back Thursday. Students at both high schools say they got a Facebook … Continue reading »

Some Teachers Crossing Picket Line

MEDFORD, Ore. — An exact number of teachers who have crossed the picket line has not been released, but the Medford Education Association says it’s around three and a half percent of its members. Several of those teachers are said to be in the Ruch School. While schools in the Medford School District have seen … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Sheriff’s Office Security

RUCH, Ore. — As the strike continues, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies are out securing safety at schools outside the city limits. The areas are also being closely guarded by district security. Sheriff’s deputies are on patrol outside the entrance of Ruch Elementary School and Griffin Creek Elementary. They say they’ve been out there, off and … Continue reading »

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