Community Rallies to Support Teachers

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Saturday, members of the community held a solidarity rally in honor of the Medford teachers.  Several different unions, parents, and some teachers from other school districts came out to show their support.     The Medford Education Association said it is ready to be back at the bargaining table. Parents also voiced their … Continue reading »

Honkers’ Tickets Dismissed

MEDFORD, Ore. — Those who drove by Griffin Creek Elementary on Monday, and received a ticket from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to show support for the teachers, won’t have to worry about paying the fine. The sheriff’s office has requested the tickets be dismissed because they were written under the wrong offense. The citations … Continue reading »

Student Discusses First Day Back

MEDFORD, Ore. — Teachers lined the sidewalks as students returned to class. However, some students arrived with low expectations before the day even began. “I was expecting the worst, and it turned out exactly how I’d expected,” said South Medford Junior Pascal Brasseur. Brasseur described the first day back to school as “hectic” and “unorganized.”  … Continue reading »

Negotiations Continue During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. – Wednesday’s meeting will be the first time the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association come together to negotiate since Saturday’s twelve hour meeting. On Tuesday, both sides met for a brief check-in, but because the meeting Wednesday is a bargaining session, it is expected to last much longer. Tuesday was also … Continue reading »

Parents Say Schools Won’t Let Them In

MEDFORD, Ore. – Denzil Guy plays video games on the back porch of his Medford home. His first day of class will go on without him. “I’m not going to let my child go anywhere that I don’t make sure it’s a safe environment for him,” said his mother, Faye. Denzil is seven years old … Continue reading »

Picket Supporters Cited for Beeping Horn

MEDFORD, Ore. – A warning sign awaits drivers at Griffin Creek Elementary. Those heeding it drive by silently, some rolling down their windows to yell “honk.” “Just wave, thumbs up, hi, smile, whatever. Just don’t honk,” said 6th grade teacher Jim Finnigan. As the strike wears on, law enforcement agencies are responding to more reports … Continue reading »

Parents Hold Counter-Picket

MEDFORD, Ore. – One group of parents is staging a counter-picket in response to the teachers. The group, which formed through Facebook, met Monday morning outside the district headquarters holding signs urging support for the students. The organizers of the demonstration say many parents feel pressured to fully support to teachers. They argue people should be … Continue reading »

Substitute Teachers Greeted by Picketers

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Sunday, the Medford School District brought in substitutes from around the state for orientation. At 9 a.m. Sunday morning, a loud and energetic picket line was back at work, this time welcoming substitute teachers as they arrived for orientation. As five buses full of substitute teachers drove onto school grounds, picketers … Continue reading »

Teachers Send Message to Substitutes

MEDFORD, Ore. – While negotiating continues, some union members are sending a message to substitutes by picketing in front of their hotels. While the district hasn’t revealed how many substitutes have been brought in to teach classes during the strike, many of them arrived Saturday. In order to get into their rooms, subs have to … Continue reading »

MEA President On the Picket Line

MEDFORD, Ore. — After hours of mediation, the Medford Education Association has officially declared a strike on Feb. 6th at 6:00 AM. School is canceled today, and will be canceled Friday, Feb. 7th and Monday, Feb. 10th. School will be back in session on Tuesday, Feb. 11th on the School District’s consolidated schedule. The District … Continue reading »

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