Monday, May 13, 2019

Teacher sickouts arrive in Oregon

Splinter reports that the wave of teacher work stoppages has reached Oregon as, last week, teachers across the state called out sick to protest the under-funding of public schools.

Unlike strikes and protests in other states, Oregon teachers are not concerned with pay increases but focused primarily on the learning environment of their students.

A website set up to organize the day of action speaks to the issue of growing class sizes, the lack of school librarians, and outsized ratios of students to nurses.

The action resulted in 600 schools closing for the day across 25 districts including Portland Public Schools as teachers rallied at six sites across the state.

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