Teachers in Medford Plan Stand Outs Friday

Another meeting is scheduled for Monday between educators and the mayor

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Teachers in Medford, Massachusetts demonstrated outside of every school in the district before classes began Friday morning.

The President of the Medford Teachers Association Charlene Douglas said the stand outs were in response to the vote of no confidence on Monday. The association said they have gone more than 500 days without a new contract.

Teachers feel insulted by the mayor's proposals she presented to the teachers association on Thursday, Douglas said.

"She made a suggestion that they would give money to the teachers to buy supplies," Douglas said. "They would give them money for supplies — something that should already be in our budgets. How insulting is that? And how disrespectful is that... We're now working for pencils and paper."

City council members and other officials joined teachers at the stand outs. Douglas said there is anther meeting set for Monday with the mayor.

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