Bethel cancels classes May 8 for teacher walkout

Superintendent Chris Parra said a majority of staff have pledged to join the walkout, which is part of ongoing efforts to pressure state lawmakers to increase funding for schools.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 10:18 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2019 2:39 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Bethel School District announced Friday that classes will be canceled May 8, citing a lack of substitute teachers to fill in during the planned teacher walkout.

Superintendent Chris Parra said a majority of staff have pledged to join the walkout, which is part of ongoing efforts to pressure state lawmakers to increase funding for schools.

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“The district fully understands the intent of the actions planned for May 8, but we also have the important daily responsibility of educating, guiding, feeding, and transporting 5,400 students,” Parra said. “The walkout will create a hardship for families and the district cannot sponsor or support this action.”

Parra also said Bethel teachers are dedicated to their students, and the Eugene Education Association has been clear about their intentions well ahead of time, allowing parents and guardians to adjust their plans.

The missed school day will not be made up at the end of the school year.

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Eugene School District 4J announced later on Friday they too would be closing for the walkout. They said they also would not be able to find enough substitutes. Teachers in the 4J district are part of the Eugene Education Association union. 

Springfield administrators said that according to their union, Springfield teachers will not be participating in the walkout.

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