- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Both sides in a two-week Medford, Ore., teachers strike are confirming they have reached a tentative agreement to end the walkout in southern Oregon’s largest school district.

The Medford Mail Tribune reported (https://is.gd/jjBSWX) that teachers’ union representatives confirmed the deal late Friday night.

Earlier in the evening, School District Superintendent Phil Long said the district had given the Medford Education Association a final draft of a tentative pact.

No details will be released until teachers have a chance to be briefed on the agreement.

It was not immediately clear when classes might resume with regular teachers.

Issues have included working conditions, early-retirement benefits and salaries.

The strike began Feb. 6, sidelining more than 500 teachers. The district has more than 13,000 students, making it the eighth largest in Oregon.

Classes resumed with substitute teachers and half-day schedules on Feb. 11.

Some high school students walked out on Thursday to join teachers on the picket lines and urge a settlement.

Students at North Medford High School arrived at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and stood up five minutes later as the tardy bell rang.

There was no estimate of how many left. The Mail Tribune reported some classrooms were nearly empty. Many students lingered in the commons. Others headed to the picket lines to join their teachers.

During the strike, attendance at the district’s three high schools has been low, well below 50 percent on Thursday, according to school district figures.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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