PORTLAND – About 100 Roosevelt High School students staged a walkout Friday afternoon in support of teacher negotiations with Portland Public Schools.
After months of trying to work out a deal, the board of Portland Public Schools said Wednesday it has reached an impasse with the teachers association and a strike is possible.
St. Johns merchant Russell Grate, caught the march on video (below) and said the kids were upbeat and enthusiastic.
"I heard chanting and looked east on Lombard and marching towards me was a parade of high school students," Grate said. "They were supporting their teachers mostly, with a side issue of Roosevelts' one minute late policy. This results in 15 minutes of trash pick up during class time."
The district and the Portland Association of Teachers have been in talks since last April. The district revealed details of its latest offer Wednesday, which included 6 to 17 percent raises over three years. The district also proposed longer school days and three extra class days added to the school schedule.
Background: PPS declares impasse with teachers, strike looms
PAT said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that the school board’s proposal would remove caps controlling class sizes, possibly slash teachers' preparation time and "force teachers to teach to the test."