Students Make Strike T-Shirts

MEDFORD, Ore. — A group of students at South Medford High School say they’re using what they learned in government class to support their teachers. Seven students marked up white t-shirts with the names of their teachers. Some carried sharpies around the picket lines to ask strike supporters for more names. Others got their shirts … Continue reading »

A.P. Students Concerned About Exam

MEDFORD, Ore. — North Medford High School offers more than 20 advanced placement and college credit courses. More than 3,000 college credits are earned at North every year, but with instruction time being cut down in the classroom, students worry about the outlook of their advanced courses. While South Medford High School teachers picketed through … Continue reading »

Students Walk Out During 1st Day Back

MEDFORD, Ore. — North Medford High School teachers sang the Black Tornado fight song as they watched their students file into school for the first time since the strike began. “It’s kind of interesting seeing our school over there and all of our teachers over here,” said North Medford students Halli and Mya Roussell. “I’m … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: School Consolidations

MEDFORD, Ore. — If the negotiating teams don’t reach a resolution by Tuesday, the complicated district plan of school closures and rotating half days begins. Six elementary schools and both middle schools will shut down until the strike is over. Students from the closed schools get bussed to other schools. They will attend class in … Continue reading »

Danger for Protesters and Drivers

MEDFORD, Ore. — As picketers line the roads, reports are coming in of incidents involving the picketers coming in contact with cars driving by. Medford Police say there have been two incidents, one on Thursday and one on Friday morning, with reported contact between a car and a protester. Friday’s incident happened on the west … Continue reading »

HR Consultant Discusses Teachers Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Education Association and the school district will meet Saturday mornig to continue negotiating teacher contracts. When the two sides do finally come to an agreement, human resource experts say the impacts could be lasting. They say the tension during the strike could continue inside the workplace, even after it’s all … Continue reading »

Teacher Strike Affects Basketball Games

MEFORD, Ore. — Basketball games are on as scheduled for Medford high school athletes, but the same can’t be said for other games scheduled at Medford school gyms. More than 300 members of the YMCA’s youth basketball league had their games moved and rescheduled. 32 teams, each with at least ten players, will play on … Continue reading »

More Than $57,000 in Savings

MEDFORD, Ore. — Since the teachers are not going to work, the district is not paying them, which amounts to about $57,000 a day in savings. The district is not spending any extra money on the cost of responding to the strike and here on day two of the strike, they have a half a … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: MEA and District Respond

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Teacher’s Association and the school district are taking some time and resting up before for the next negotiation. After 21 hours of negotiating, a deal was not met and teachers went on strike at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The next bargaining session is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday. A … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Dr. Long Discusses Updates

MEDFORD, Ore. — The district is following through with the strike plan that’s been in the works for the last 10 days. District officials say every department is working to get ready. The human resources staff hired qualified teachers to fill in during the strike days. On Thursday they communicated with substitutes. The district is … Continue reading »

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