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Medford Education Association calls on school district to cancel classes for walkout

The school district says they are continuously monitoring the situation. If it does cancel school, it will be treated like a snow day. The district would add June 6 as a school day.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 7:16 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Members of the Medford Education Association (MEA) are calling on the Medford School District to cancel school May 8 for a statewide teacher walkout.

It's called #RedForEd, and calls for additional funding for Oregon schools.

Debbie Simons, the human resources director for the district, says the district supports calling for additional funding, but says it's not planning on canceling school for the walkout.

"The district should be able to have predictable funding that they can count on," Simons said. But she added, "The district has been working collaboratively with MEA to try and find a solution that will allow us to continue to provide school on that day."

Troy Pomeroy, the president of MEA, says it's vital for teachers to join the statewide movement.

"Things didn't get better with the legislature making good decisions for funding education until teachers took a stand statewide," Pomeroy said. "So this is not a Medford thing; it's an Oregon thing."

He adds he realizes canceling school can be difficult for some families, and says they let the school district know months in advance about their intent to walk out.

"We're not walking out on our students,"Pomeroy said. "We are walking out for students, because if we don't do this, then their education suffers." 

The school district says they are continuously monitoring the situation. If it does cancel school, it will be treated like a snow day. The district would add June 6 as a school day. 

In the case school is cancelled because enough teachers walk out, Simons says it's working to make sure it can still provide meals and additional programming to families who need them.

"We do have a commitment from our classified staff that they will be at work onMay 8th," Simons says. "So we know we have that commitment from staff and, frankly, from a lot of our teachers."

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