FILE – In this Jan. 18, 2019 file photo, Oregon Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., left, Senate Democratic Leader Ginny Burdick and Senate President Peter Courtney speak to the media at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Baertschiger told reporters Monday, May 6, 2019 that Senate Republicans in Oregon have fled Salem to avoid a Tuesday vote on a $1 billion per-year funding package for schools. They oppose the proposed half a percent tax on businesses with sales over $1 million. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
SALEM, Ore. – The Latest on a walkout by Oregon teachers to protest education funding (all times local):
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Holding signs and wearing T-shirts declaring "Proud Educator," teachers across Oregon are staging a one-day walkout to rally for more money for schools.
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Many schools in Oregon were to be closed for at least part of the day Wednesday, including dozens in the greater Portland area.
Oregon schools have some of the largest class sizes and lowest graduation rates in the United States.
Oregons Democrat-controlled House on Monday passed a bill that would strip that exemption and save the state some outbreak-related money, recognizing the exemptions had fueled the genesis of the 71 measles cases between Oregon and Washington earlier this year. (Washingtons House passed a similar bill in March.) Oregons bill was introduced with bipartisan support, but ultimately passed 35-25, with only two Republicans supporting the legislation, according to the Oregonian.
The action follows a wave of teacher activism that began in West Virginia in 2018 and was followed by Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona and elsewhere.
Schools around the state will close for at least part of Wednesday as teachers try to put pressure on lawmakers for more money.
Oregon schools have some of the highest class sizes and lowest graduation rates in the United States.
The action follows a wave of teacher activism that began in West Virginia in 2018 and was followed by Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona.
Teachers in North Carolina and South Carolina rallied at their respective state capitols last week seeking more money.
The state's school funding problem can be traced to the 1990s, when voters passed two ballot measures to limit property taxes.
Oregon Teacher Rally 2019
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