December 13th, 2013 at 10:15am over 60 students walked out of Wilson High School to protest the contract Portland Public Schools is offering to the Portland Association of Teachers. Both sides are claiming that their contract is best for students, we are walking out to make clear that the school district is not working on our behalf. Wilson High School Junior Gillian makes this clear “One of the thing’s the district has been doing in these negotiations is claiming they’re trying to protect the rights of the students and their parents, but this isn’t true. One example is the district’s desire to remove the limit on class sizes. With an unlimited class size, a teacher could end up having to teach hundreds of students, something that reduces the ability of the teacher to teach and the students to learn.”
This is the third student action in support of our teachers. On November 15th the Cleveland Student Union hosted a lunch rally in support of PAT’s contract, and on November 22nd over 250 Roosevelt High School students walked out to demand a fair contract for their teachers.