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Day of Action: Teachers rallying for education funding

Schools around the state will close for at least part of Wednesday as teachers try to put pressure on lawmakers for more money.

Posted: May 8, 2019 11:30 AM
Updated: May 8, 2019 11:55 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- Thousands of teachers walked out across Oregon to protest education funding May 8, and among them are teachers from Eugene School District 4J and the Bethel School District.

Schools around the state will close for at least part of Wednesday as teachers try to put pressure on lawmakers for more money.

Classes were canceled in the 4J and Bethel districts due to a lack of substitutes. Teachers, staff and students are currently rallying at the Park Blocks in Eugene and other locations in our area. 

18th Avenue and Chambers Street

Buses will be leaving Sheldon High School this afternoon for Salem. Supporters will gather at Riverfront Park for a rally before marching to the Capitol. 

Teachers in the Springfield School District will show support for the cause by rallying on Main Street after the end of the school day.

Oregon schools have some of the highest class sizes and lowest graduation rates in the United States.

The action follows a wave of teacher activism that began in West Virginia in 2018 and was followed by Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona.

Teachers in North Carolina and South Carolina rallied at their respective state capitols last week seeking more money.

The state's school funding problem can be traced to the 1990s, when voters passed two ballot measures to limit property taxes.

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