Teacher walkout worries parents, school officials

School officials are concerned about kids missing class, along with the strain it could put on working families and parents.

Posted: May 7, 2019 7:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With teachers planning to walk out May 8, some parents and school administrators say they're concerned about the impact it will have on students and other community members.

Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said he agrees with the message teachers are trying to send. He said he also wants more funding for schools. However, the district does not condone the walkout, and he thinks there could be a better way to get the message across.

Roughly 735 teachers said they were participating in the walkout, according to Balderas. And due to the high number of teachers participating, the district had to cancel classes for students and teachers on Wednesday.

"It's an impact on our community,” Balderas said. “Anytime there is an impact on our community, I feel it, our community feels it and I think there is a different way of doing this. Again, not my choice, but it's an action we had to do."

No teachers will be paid tomorrow, and Balderas said about 150 teachers who don’t want to participate in the walkout are upset. District officials said teachers could lose upwards of hundreds of dollars in pay.

School officials are also concerned about kids missing class, along with the strain it could put on working families and parents who have to find different arrangements for their children.

"I'm not sure it's quite the time for them to be able to do it during a school day when the kids already have missed a lot of school due to all the snow days and everything else,” said Brent Gee, a former teacher and current Eugene resident.

The Bethel School District has also canceled classes Wednesday, but the Springfield School District will still hold classes. Teachers in Springfield plan to show their support for education funding after the end of the school day.

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