In the notice of intent to strike, the MEA included the following statement, “The Association is urging the Medford School Board to avoid the need for a strike by reaching a fair settlement immediately. The MEA believes it has no choice at this time but to exercise its right to a lawful strike in order to induce the District to agree to a fair settlement.”
“Strikes are awful. They’re stressful. They’re disruptive to our community and to our project and the district needs to come back and solve this,” said Lashley.
Some 600 members of the MEA will make their presence known in public places across the city for the strike. It will impact 12,000 students in three high schools, two middle schools and 14 elementary schools, among other facilities.