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Negotiations Continue During Strike

medford teacher strike signMEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday’s meeting will be the first time the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association come together to negotiate since Saturday’s twelve-hour meeting.

On Tuesday, both sides met for a brief check-in, but because the meeting Wednesday is a bargaining session, it is expected to last much longer.

Tuesday was also the first day students were back to school with the substitutes. The district says there were a few issues that have been fixed.

Students at South Medford High School gathered for a “walk-out” just before 11 A.M. Wednesday to show support for their teachers after the second day of class. Others at North Medford High School say they’re running into problems with the new security rules.

One student at North Medford High School said a security guard told her she couldn’t have breakfast because she was carrying a pro-teacher sign.

“I walked on campus, and I was carrying the sign, and they told me I couldn’t. I wasn’t allowed on campus because I was carrying the sign. So I went to go set it down, and they said I wasn’t allowed on campus if I was part of the strike,” Madison Miller explained.

Miller said she would not try to go back on campus Wednesday. Instead, she planned to be picketing with the teachers.

The district says the principal at North Medford High School was not aware of the incident.

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