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.
- 4J schools to close for May 8 walkout, officials say
- Some 4J schools offering free meals for May 8 walkout
- School districts preparing for teacher walkout on May 8
- Teachers to walk out May 8 in historic action
- Teacher walkout worries parents, school officials
- Bethel cancels classes May 8 for teacher walkout
- Springfield teachers to show support for education funding after school May 8
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.
— Jaimie Hays (@jaimie_hays) May 8, 2019
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.