Headline RoundupNovember 27th, 2023

43,000 Oregon Students to Return to School as Teacher Strike Ends

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Monday, 43,000 Oregon students will return to school as a teacher strike ends in Portland.

Key Details: The teachers union agreed that classes could resume, though the agreement still needs formal approval by the school board and by the teachers. Late Sunday, the Portland School District reached an agreement with its teachers union after students had been out of school for more than three weeks. Teachers there will receive an additional $4 million in raises, according to the agreement.

Key Quote: “We are relieved to have our students returning to school and know that being out of school for the last three weeks — missing classmates, teachers and learning — has been hard for everyone,” Portland School Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said in a statement.

For Context: The strike was prompted by concerns over a lack of resources, large class sizes, and salaries that have not kept up with inflation. Teachers marched last Tuesday across a major bridge and stopped traffic for about 15 minutes.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum noted that while some parents supported the strike, others raised concerns about learning loss among students.

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