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4J schools to close for May 8 walkout, officials say

The Oregon Education Association has called for teachers to make May 8 a “Day of Action.”

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 2:39 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2019 2:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Hours after the Bethel School District announced they would be canceling classes on May 8 for the teacher walkout, Eugene School District 4J officials said they would also be closing.

The planned walkout is part of efforts to put pressure on state lawmakers to increase funding for schools. The Oregon Education Association has called for teachers to make May 8 a “Day of Action.”

Like Bethel, 4J officials said there will not be enough substitutes to fill in for the teachers planning to take part.

“The 4J School Board and I share our teachers’ goal of improving school funding in Oregon,” Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said. “However, the school district does not endorse or condone walkout strikes or any activity that disrupts student learning."

The missed school day will not be made up at the end of the year. Officials said it will be an unpaid strike day for teachers.

Currently, the district plans to provide free lunch at selected sites and provide transportation to non-4J programs.

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