PORTLAND — A tweet late on Wednesday night indicated that students planned to walkout of class at Wilson and Jefferson high schools on Friday in support of teachers who are at odds with the Portland Public School District over a new contract.
— PAT Solidarity (@PATSolidarity) January 9, 2014
Confirmation came on Thursday morning from the group Parents Stand with Portland Teachers, who told us it will happen during the lunch hour. The Portland Student Union says it’s part of a greater fight for educational justice, saying they fear that teachers will be faced with the decision to either accept the unacceptable or strike.
Jefferson students will walk out of the main entrance to the football field at 12:15. Wilson will have a smaller rally at 11:40 at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Capitol Highway. Their message: “The Schools Portland Students Deserve”.
“Not only will we be walking out in support of our teachers, we’ll be walking out to reclaim our school,” says sophomore Mikey Garcia.
A “Pack the School Board” event is planned for Monday, January 13th at the school board meeting to encourage the district to keep talking with teachers until a fair contract is settled and to avoid a strike.
The district sent over a new offer on Wednesday, but the teachers association has not responded to that.