Teachers, parents & students rally for support

, Written by Natalie Hurd, Posted: Mon, January 27 2014 at 11:01 PM, Updated: Mon, January 27 2014 at 11:20 PM

Medford, Ore. -- The Medford Education Association says if a contract agreement is not made by February 6th, teachers will strike.

District Superintendent Dr. Phil Long said he wants a resolution, but is preparing in case one is not reached.

Monday night teachers, parents and students gathered in support for teachers outside the Medford School District offices.

If there is strength in numbers, then Monday, Medford teachers showed force.

It's the latest rally in a year of negotiations and now a date to strike: February 6th. If a contract is not reached first.

Long-time title-1 specialist Jeff Kinsella says it's a sad milestone in his 28 year career "It's frustrating to keep making less and less money."

The district said it's offering raises, but Kinsella said they're not what they seem "We keep making concessions and we're told we'll get them back and that hasn't happened yet."

Parents say they support Medford teachers because their children's teachers deserve what they're asking for and more than money, Rebecca Williams said, that's trust "They'll need to honor that agreement to build a basis for the future."

Williams said if her son's teacher strikes, she will also take a stand "Everyone wants a settlement and a conclusion however if it comes to a strike I will be supporting my teacher's by home schooling my child."

A strong statement, during a time of strong emotions and beliefs.

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