Medford en Attendance Drops In Medford Schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.</span></p><p>48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports. &nbsp;That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:31:27 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7712 at Attendance Drops In Medford Schools Strike Talks Break Down <p>Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.</p><p></p><p>The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:23:26 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7711 at Strike Talks Break Down Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines <p>The strike continues in the Medford school district.</p><p>Tuesday students were met by substitute teachers who crossed picket lines to get to classrooms. District officials report about 68 percent of students showed up.&nbsp; According to the Medford Mail Tribune, one North Medford High School student reported class sizes of as many as 60 students. The large size prompted a walkout by the seniors.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:27:18 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7606 at Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford <p>Medford schools are closed today (Monday, February 10) as substitute teachers called in from throughout the state get ready to cross the picket lines tomorrow.</p><p></p><p>Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:57:17 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 7490 at Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford State Of Emergency Declared In Medford School District <p>A state of emergency has been declared by the Medford School Board. The move yesterday is part of preparations for a fast-approaching teachers' strike after negotiations using state mediators failed to produce an agreement with the union this week.</p><p>The Mail Tribune reports the board passed emergency resolutions that would give Superintendent Phil Long extra authority, prohibit picketing on school property, restrict signs and banners on district facilities and authorize spending to continue school operations in the event of a strike.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:57:12 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 6952 at Medford Educators Meet <p>After more than eight hours yesterday, the Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no new agreements and no scheduled date as to when the sides would meet again.</p><p>The Mail Tribune reports that while the sides did not meet face-to-face during the day, they did exchange new proposals. That’s according to Alex Pulaski of the Oregon School Boards Association.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:56:27 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 6897 at Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators <p>Oregon State mediators will meet separately with bargaining teams from the Medford School District and its teachers union this afternoon in the hopes of settling contract disputes before a Feb. 6 strike.</p><p>The Medford Education Association notified the district yesterday of its intent to strike in 10 days as required by law. The union's bargaining team walked away from negotiations Friday, saying the district was unwilling to budge on its latest contract offer.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:10:47 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 6837 at Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote <p>After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.</p><p></p><p>The Mail Tribune reports that bargaining teams from the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association have met three times this month, totaling about 30 hours, to negotiate the remaining articles of a new contract.</p><p>The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:14:07 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 6594 at Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote The Polar Express Comes To Medford <p></p><p>Even people who do not love trains can get excited about them as Christmas approaches.</p><p></p><p>Especially since the publication of the book <strong><a href="" target="_blank">"The Polar Express"</a></strong> and the movie version that followed.&nbsp; The train to the North Pole (somewhat modified) comes to Medford's Railroad Park on Friday and Saturday nights.&nbsp; Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:49:00 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 4587 at The Polar Express Comes To Medford Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws <p>The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries warned potential operators to check with their local government before investing too much time and money.</p><p></p><p>Medford and Tualatin have already banned dispensaries, and members of the committee said it will likely be up to the courts to decide whether those cities have that right. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:36:34 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 3346 at Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws