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6:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Medford Teachers Strike Continues

Credit Joi Riley/JPR

The Medford School District hired 24 more substitute teachers over the holiday weekend and shifted some classified support staff to elementary schools to balance out the adult-to-student ratio, according to district officials.

Classes will resume today after the long holiday weekend.

The Mail Tribune reports that last week, enrollment districtwide dropped from 68 percent Tuesday to 44 percent Friday. Students reported large class sizes and inadequate instruction under substitute teachers.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
11:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Philadelphia Orchestra Feb 28th at 8pm

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra Feb. 28th

On Friday night, February 28th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Some Students Join Picket Lines
8:31 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

North Medford High

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.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

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Live Session Archive
9:42 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Jesca Hoop Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 2-14-2014

Jesca Hoop grew up in Sonoma County in Northern California. One of five children in a strict Mormon household, she was born into a family of singers, who "from the age of walking were singing before we were talking." 

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No New Talks Scheduled
6:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Strike Talks Break Down

Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

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Measure To Be On May Ballot
6:47 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Jackson County Voters To Decide On Library District

The Main Library in Medford.
Credit Oregon Historical County Records Guide

The fate of the Jackson County library will go before voters in May.

If passed, the proposal for a special tax district would create a property tax up to 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

A board of directors separate from the County Commissioners would run the district.

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Talks Lasted Twelve Hours Yesterday
6:28 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Medford School Talks Continuing

Talks will continue today between representatives of striking Medford teachers and the school district. Progress was reportedly made during a marathon bargaining session yesterday.

The Mail Tribune reports that representatives of the teachers union and district administrators met face-to-face briefly yesterday in another round of state-mediated talks.

Talks yesterday lasted longer than 12 hours. The discussions reportedly ended with a district proposal on the table, and the union is expected to bring a counter-proposal to the table today.

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Half Day Classes Begin
6:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines

The strike continues in the Medford school district.

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.  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.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 12, 2014 | 8:00
4:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Retrenchment Looms At Southern Oregon U.

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"Retrenchment" is not a word used lightly on the Southern Oregon University campus.

SOU President Mary Cullinan explains the latest with retrenchment at SOU.

It is the term required when the university considers program cuts that would result in faculty jobs being lost.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Why The Oregon Chub Is A De-Listing Candidate

The Oregon Chub, a tiny minnow.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Rollie White at U.S. Fish & Wildlife gives a recent history of the chub, and its population explosion.

Not every species that enters the endangered species list stays there for decades. 

The bald eagle recovered enough to get de-listed, and so did several other animals.  But no fish ever came off the list… until now. 

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