Teachers’ First Day on Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Within an hour of the strike announcement, teachers showed up to the district office with signs in hand. The picketers began early this morning and were expecting to wrap up for the day around 4:30 p.m. Many of the signs held by teachers outside the district office were made here at the … Continue reading »

Mother Baking in Strike Solidarity

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers being on strike has caused mixed reactions from parents, students and community members alike. Jerilyn Pool, a mother of two children in the Medford School District, says she supports the teachers 100%. “It’s getting the community involved. Before we were just spectators, but now we have skin in the game … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: What’s Next in Negotiations

MEDFORD, Ore. — Members of the MEA and the Medford School District spent the night on Wednesday, trying to come to an agreement. Negotiations lasted more than 20 hours until 5:59 Thursday morning. The strike officially began a minute later at 6 a.m. Union members spent the afternoon out in the community holding signs and … Continue reading »

Strike Watch: Contract Negotiations

MEDFORD, Ore. — The teachers are picketing now, but only after months of negotiations. Thursday’s strike comes after one more last-ditch effort to come up with a deal. On Wednesday morning, both sides met at 9 a.m. The meeting went on for 20 hours into Thursday morning. The school district says it did not have … Continue reading »

Special Needs Addressed During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — While parents had voiced concerns over the effect on special education programs, the teacher strike will not be closing special education classrooms. Medford district officials say they have a combination of staff, specialists, substitutes, and non-striking teachers who will be working inside special education classrooms throughout the duration of the strike. They … Continue reading »

Police Increase Patrols for Protests

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are increasing patrols for added security during the teachers’ strike. Police say their number one concern is about safety. They say protesters blocking traffic is common, but confrontations rarely become physical. Medford Police say a teachers’ strike poses some unique challenges because there could be multiple picket locations. “We only … Continue reading »

Plans for Students During Strike

The Medford School District released a letter to parents to clarify their plans for students during the teacher strike. To see the full letter, click here. Medford School District released the following information: When will schools be closed? In order to prepare for students while the teachers are on strike, all Medford schools will be … Continue reading »

Teachers Rally in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Education Association says the last thing they want to do is strike, they say it’s up to the district to bring forth a suitable counter proposal to Tuesday’s meeting. Medford teachers held another informational picketing session today. This time it took place on the corner of Riverside and Crater Lake … Continue reading »

Teachers Pack Up Classrooms

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers are packing up their classrooms on Friday in preparation for a strike. With less than a week remaining until that strike goes into effect, the 600 members of the MEA began the process of emptying their classrooms. Assuming that strike happens, their last day with their kids will be Wednesday. … Continue reading »

Plan for School Lunches During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — One goal the Medford School District has if a strike occurs is for all meals to continue as usual at schools like Jackson Elementary. In total, more than 12,000 meals are served every day in the Medford School District and $7,000 are lunches spread across kindergarten through high school. Sodexo is the … Continue reading »

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