Eugene 4J: Teacher walkout could cancel classes on May 8

In a statement, 4J officials said a planned day of action across Oregon could force the district to cancel classes if they don't have enough teachers.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 11:19 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 9:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene 4J School District said a planned walkout in Eugene could impact classes in the district.

Twice over the last two months, Eugene Education Association teachers have held rallies to show their support for their students and put pressure on lawmakers to pass a $2 billion Student Success Act bill that they said would provide adequate and stable funding for schools in Oregon.

RELATED: EUGENE TEACHERS RALLY FOR FULLY-FUNDED SCHOOLS

It's because of those rallies and the planned walkout that the 4J district released the following statement:

"The district doesn't condone walkouts or other actions that disrupt learning and affect our students and families, even for a cause such as education funding, but we must consider whether we can safely and effectively hold school if such an action takes place. We are assessing our options for May 8. If a large number of teachers and specialists participate in a walkout on May 8, we could face a substitute shortage and be forced to cancel school."

The Springfield School District also released a statement, saying:

"Our teacher association has shared with us that they will not be participating in the walkout action on May 8. They are discussing other options to support the statement."

Though Springfield teachers may have already made their decision, 4J officials said they expect to decide if they will be canceling school on May 8 fairly soon.

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