Teachers and our district had a collaborative working relationship when it came to the contract. That was three years ago. Since then, we have seen this dissolve. The only thing left we can count on now is the teachers in the classroom. PE, music and library teachers cut. Orchestra in elementary school cut. Outdoor School cut to 2 days and only if parents can fundraise the money and the board graciously agrees to match funding. Class sizes ballooning. Parents moving their children to charter or private schools. Increased demands on expectations with cuts to funding. Teacher and district negotiations annually in strife.
I want the old days back.
We thought we were weathering a brief storm when the cuts came, but it is clear that this goes beyond an economic downturn.
Current headlines show that this state is losing its ways with regards to taking care of our public schools.
Over 100 teachers to be cut in Portland Public Schools.
Over 330 teachers to be cut in Beaverton Public Schools.
Parkrose teachers narrowly avert a strike.
Gresham-Barlow teachers go on strike.
Reynolds School District and their teachers are headed for strike as mediation continues to stagnate.
Eagle Point Education Association from Jackson County are headed for strike as well.
Coos Bay Education Association teachers are also in mediation.
Programs are cut throughout the state: music, PE, library, Outdoor School, sports, languages, journalism, drama, etc...
Day have been cut.
Schools have been closed.
When will it end and what does all this have in common? A lack of stable and quality funding for public schools in our state. A lack of leadership to fund our education system.
Our state refuses to step up to its constitutional duty to provide our children with a quality and funded public education.
This will continue to spiral downward until we as parents, teachers, business leaders, and community members stand up and demand revenue reform from our legislators.
What can you do?
Attend the UPSET event on May 11th to protest cuts to our public schools.
Also join Oregon Save Our Schools and others for a day of ACTION on May 31st!
On this day pledge to take ACTION and demand revenue reform from our state. DEMAND that they fund public education to give each and every student a well-rounded education.
Here's the plan for May 31st: