Corvallis schools will remain open and in session on Wednesday, May 8 while at least 24 other school districts in Oregon will close early or entirely for a planned walkout demonstration in support of increased school funding.
Organized by the Oregon Education Association (OEA), the state’s largest public education employee union, this “Day of Action” will feature teachers attending rallies and marches to put pressure on the legislature for smaller class sizes, fully funded elective classes, and more resources to address behavioral and mental health issues.
These demonstrations come soon after news that the state’s three largest school districts (Portland, Beaverton and Salem-Keizer) face large budget deficits which may result in larger classes and fewer specialized resources like English language learning.
Teacher protests for better funding and better pay occurred in at least six states during the past year, including protests in North & South Carolina in early May.
The full list of school district closures and related events are available on the OEA’s website.
By Ian MacRonald