Portland, Ore., school teachers are on week three of a strike that has not garnered them all that much support from the parents at home. The school district helped the striking teachers union cause by pre-announcing that, instead of hiring temps, it would help the union hold the children hostage by announcing that all schools would close. They’re doing it for the children, you understand.
Portland is the largest school district in the state with between 44,000 and 49,000 students. The district says both and isn’t sure because of the ever-declining population since its disastrous COVID-19 performance.
While many parents have joined teachers on the picket line and are part of “the struggle,” their fervor, even in woke Portland, isn’t shared.
One Portland parent started a Change.org petition to re-open the school while bargaining continues. Eric Happel’s petition has 372 signatures. He says that “students cannot wait any longer … [and] are still struggling to catch up to where they were academically prior to pandemic school closures, and recent reports show chronic absenteeism at alarmingly high and growing rates.” Sports have been canceled, and art and music performances may be shelved altogether.