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Dozens participate in 'Voices for Education' rally in Oakridge Sunday

Teachers, parents and community members held signs and made speeches on Hwy 58 around 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

Posted: Dec 6, 2020 3:30 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2020 8:03 PM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. --- Dozens of people showed up to a Voices for Education rally to show their support for the teachers and staff of the Oakridge School District. 

Many rally attendees claim teachers and staff in the district have received unfair treatment during this pandemic.

"I'm absolutely calling this a crisis. We have already lost so many teachers and are in danger of losing so many more and there's already a statewide shortage of teachers. We live in a small rural community and we've always had problems finding qualified applicants for our positions in any industry in Oakridge but especially our schools," parent Nicole Sulick said. 

Sulick said the Superintendent of the Oakridge School District, Reta Doland, has repeatedly ignored teachers input and is unfit for the job. Many others told KEZI 9 News that Doland has unfair policies and dismissive behavior towards teachers and staff forcing some of them to take a leave of absence. 

Sulick said her children's education is being impacted as a result. 

"I appreciate [the substitutes] very much but they're not our qualified teachers that we are used to and we trust and that have a record of student success," Sulick said. 

Teachers, parents and community members held signs and made speeches on Hwy 58 around 1:00 p.m. Sunday. 

The Oakridge Voices for Education started a petition to the Oakridge School Board to remove Doland immediately. 

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