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Southern Oregon schools prepare for May 8 teacher walkouts

School district across Southern Oregon are taking a number of different approaches in response to planned teacher demonstrations on the May 8 'Day of Action.'

Posted: May 7, 2019 3:35 PM
Updated: May 8, 2019 3:56 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With planned teacher demonstrations looming on Wednesday, May 8 — a school day — school districts across Southern Oregon have announced a variety of responses based both on the expected levels of involvement in their area, and on the outcome of negotiations between educators and administrators.

Last week, teachers and staff at in the Medford School District reached a compromise in an area that could have considerable participation, opting to shift school hours slightly. Some districts have made similar arrangements, while others don't anticipate significant walk-outs.

No changes of schedule at this time / no major walk-outs anticipated in the following districts:

  • Phoenix-Talent School District
  • Pinehurst School District
  • Prospect Charter School
  • Rogue River School District
  • Three Rivers School District
  • Central Curry School District
  • Brookings-Harbor School District

No official statement from the following districts:

  • Butte Falls School District
  • Central Point School District

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) has spearheaded the effort for these walkouts and rallies, saying that the state needs to invest more funding in schools in order to better serve children. The push is modeled after major teacher strikes and demonstrations in a number of other states over the past several years, loosely associated under the "Red for Ed" banner.

"It's time — past time — to increase school funding and INVEST IN STUDENTS," OEA wrote in a post promoting the events. "We're coming together to stand up for students and call on lawmakers to finally fund our schools."

Below you'll find the plans announced so far by individual school districts and the teachers who work there:


Medford School District

  • Middle school classes - 8:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
  • High school classes - 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Participants will gather at 2:30 p.m. on the Central Medford High School lawn, followed by a march to Alba Park at 2:50 p.m. Rally in Alba Park, then a march downtown at 4:30 p.m.

Ashland School District

  • Early release, with time varying somewhat by school.
  • Participants will march from Ashland High, Helman and Walker around 12:30 p.m. and head downtown. Rally takes place on Siskiyou Boulevard at 1 p.m.

Eagle Point Schools

  • No official walkout planned, teachers will walk from Eagle Point High around 3:45 p.m. and gather at another location.

Grants Pass School District

  • School schedule will be as normal, with students involved in a variety of community activities.
  • Rally begins at 4 p.m. at the Josephine County Courthouse.

Klamath Falls City Schools

  • No school on Wednesday, May 8. Will resume as normal on Thursday.
  • The Oregon Education Association has indicated that there will be a rally beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Teachers gather from 4-6 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

Klamath County School District

  • All KCSD schools will be open on Wednesday
  • The Oregon Education Association has indicated that there will be a rally beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Teachers gather from 4-6 p.m. at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

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