With additional reporting by Rosemary Reynolds
PORTLAND, Oregon – After ten months of talks and no contract agreement between Portland Public Schools and the teacher’s union, the tension between the two groups continues to grow
More than 200 people have signed up for a rally outside tonight’s Portland Public School’s board meeting, promising to keep the noise level down this time. A meeting held January 13th became so loud and disruptive, the school board made a quick exit.
Tonight’s meeting is supposed to discuss the use of a $20-million-dollar surplus, something the teacher’s union wants spent on their requests.
No formal meetings have been scheduled for negotiation this week, prompting union leaders to begin preparations for a potential strike. Some fear the school district will stop all talks and impose the last and final offer, which dates back to November of last year.