MEDFORD, Ore. — For the first time in a quarter century, teachers in Chicago go on strike over evaluations and job security. The strike is forcing 400,000 students out of the classroom.
The walk-out is familiar; the Eagle Point School District and staff failed to reach an agreement in May, ending up in a strike. The Medford School District is now in a negotiation period with classified staff, but it doesn’t believe it will reach a strike; both sides are discussing insurance benefits.
“We’re looking at solutions that will ultimately are going to pass on more costs to the employees. So, it’s a discussion about what’s that going to look like,” said chief financial officer Brad Earl.
Earl also explained that the district is also in a different circumstance. “Chicago’s big,” Earl said. “It’s one of the largest school districts in the country. It’s a very complex situation. Eagle Point had a combined contract there, both their classified and teachers had them under the same contract.”
Newswatch 12 tried contacting the employees union but officials did not return our call. The district says it plans to invite a mediator to figure out the issue with insurance benefits.