Medford

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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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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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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Strike Continues
5:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Substitute Teachers Ready in Medford

Medford's Washington Elementary School. Washington is one of the few that will not host double shifts during the strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

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.

Medford teachers have been on strike since Thursday. The subs met with Medford Schools administrators for more than five hours yesterday.

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Move Is Preparation For Possible Strike
5:57 am
Thu January 30, 2014

State Of Emergency Declared In Medford School District

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.

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.

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No Agreement In Sight.
5:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Medford Educators Meet

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.

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.

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Labor/Employment
6:10 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Mediator To Meet Today With Medford Educators

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.

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.

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Wages And Benefits Under Discussion
6:14 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Medford Teachers Hold Strike Vote

Medford's Jackson Elementary School
Credit Medford School District

After nearly a year of contract negotiations, Medford teachers will vote tonight (January 23) on whether to strike.

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.

The district implemented the contract in late December without support of the teachers' union.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:49 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Polar Express Comes To Medford

Credit Rotary Club of Medford

Even people who do not love trains can get excited about them as Christmas approaches.

Especially since the publication of the book "The Polar Express" and the movie version that followed.  The train to the North Pole (somewhat modified) comes to Medford's Railroad Park on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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Dispensary Owners Cautioned
6:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws

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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.

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.

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Legislative Committee Rules
6:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

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The Oregon Legislature's legal advisors say local governments cannot 'just say no' to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregonian reports that the opinion was sought after the city of Medford adopted a local ordinance saying business licenses will not be given to anyone who violates local, state, and federal laws.

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Police Chief Says No
7:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Banned In Medford

Absolutely no medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in Medford, Oregon despite a state law that makes them legal next year, according to city officials.

Medford police chief Tim George says dispensing medical marijuana violates federal law and currently violates state law.

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