GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Teachers from other school districts and Medford parents are speaking out about the teacher strike. One teacher NewsWatch 12 spoke with says the strike is good for everyone, however others feel it could create tension between teachers and the community.
“It’s not about the bureaucracy… it’s about what’s best for the kids,” said Grants Pass teacher Pam D’Haem.
D’haem said she’s standing behind the Medford teachers and supporting their decision to strike.
“In supporting teachers ultimately you’re supporting education, and students because they are the link between education and students,” said D’Haem.
She believes some people could be worried thinking the teacher’s strike was a rash decision, but she said teachers unions think long and hard before they order a strike.
“It’s not a little thing… it’s a big deal. It’s because they’ve been pushed and they’ve been asked to do things with resources that they don’t have, and it’s gotten that far,” said D’Haem.
One parent said she’s worried about her child’s education — knowing schooling will continue without the normal classroom teachers being present. Patricia Buday has five kids, all of which attend Medford schools.
“My children love their schools, and they love their teachers, and they love everything about it and the fact that there is going to be just random people now… god knows who is going to be teacher our children and if it’s going to be the same curriculum,” said Buday.
A couple of students said they are also upset because they are used to the way their teachers run the classroom, and they said a substitute teacher will not be the same. However, teachers who have witnessed strikes before said it’s hard for them to leave their children too.
“Teachers are there for the kids and that’s where their hearts are at and that’s their number one priority… and the more support you give… like I said those adults that work with those kids that in return is going to affect what’s best for kidos,” said D’Haem.