Why Oregon teachers are talking about a possible May 8 strike

people rallying carrying on strike signage

Educators across Oregon are planning to walk out of class Wednesday, May 8 should the Oregon Legislature not add an additional $2 billion per biennium needed to maintain and improve K-12 schools.

Over the last two decades, the state has financed schools at 21 to 38 percent below what its own research suggests districts need to be successful.

Many educators argue the lack of funding has resulted in teachers having to do more with less. They say this is reflected in the state’s low graduation rates, high dropout and absenteeism rates, as well as rising issues with disruptive behaviors, mental health needs and large class sizes.

May 8 is the only scheduled day of action, but more could be expected as conversations continue. Unless lawmakers pass the full K-12 base budget and new revenue before then, actions in May will likely still take place.

Read more from education leaders here.

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