Substitute Explains Decision to Teach

MEDFORD, Ore. — Substitutes have been brought in from all over the state and have gone through orientation this weekend to prepare for students to return Tuesday. We talked with one of the substitutes hired by the Medford School District during the strike, but due to security and safety concerns, she does not want to … Continue reading »

Medford Parents Hold Counter-Picket

MEDFORD, Ore. – One group of parents is staging a counter-picket in response to Medford teachers on strike. The group, which formed through Facebook, met Monday morning outside the district headquarters holding signs urging support for the students. The organizers of the demonstration say many parents feel pressured to fully support to teachers. They argue people … Continue reading »

District Training Strike Substitutes

MEDFORD, Ore. — District officials brought the substitutes in on buses, gearing up for students this week.  The next time the teams will be back at the talking table is also Tuesday,  but that will only be a brief call to the mediator, who is currently back in Salem. Representatives from the Medford School District … Continue reading »

Substitute Teachers Greeted by Picketers

MEDFORD, Ore. — On Sunday, the Medford School District brought in substitutes from around the state for orientation. At 9 a.m. Sunday morning, a loud and energetic picket line was back at work, this time welcoming substitute teachers as they arrived for orientation. As five buses full of substitute teachers drove onto school grounds, picketers … Continue reading »

Medford Teachers’ First Day on Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Within an hour of the strike announcement, Medford teachers showed up to the district office with signs in hand. The picketers began early Thursday morning and were expecting to wrap up for the day around 4:30 p.m. Many of the signs held by teachers outside the district office were made at the … Continue reading »

Police Increase Patrols for Protests

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are increasing patrols for added security during the teachers’ strike. Police say their number one concern is about safety. They say protesters blocking traffic is common, but confrontations rarely become physical. Medford Police say a teachers’ strike poses some unique challenges because there could be multiple picket locations. “We only … Continue reading »

Students Rally to Support Teachers

MEDFORD, Ore. — In just three days, Medford teachers are set to walk out of the classroom if a bargaining deal is not reached.  As the deadline looms closer, students are backing their teachers, holding demonstrations before school. According to the Student Demonstration to Support Medford Teachers Facebook page, this is a quiet and respectful … Continue reading »

H.S. Sports to Continue if Strike Occurs

MEDFORD, Ore. — If the Medford teachers’ strike moves forward, it will be business as usual for high school athletics in the Medford School District. Right now, basketball, swimming and wrestling teams at the varsity, junior varsity and freshman level can follow the calendar as planned. Secondary Education Director Todd Bloomquist says there are only … Continue reading »

Both Sides Brace for Potential Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford is entering the final weekend before a potential teachers strike in the school district. If there is not a deal both sides can agree on February 6th, teachers will walk off the job. After several mediations, the district and Medford Education Association has not been able to come to an agreement. … Continue reading »

District Prepares for Potential Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School Board met for an executive session Monday night while members of the Medford Education Association and other community supporters lined the sidewalk in support of the teachers. The mandatory ten day notice of a strike has been given to the district and should an agreement not be reached by … Continue reading »

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