Big crowd at Portland school board meeting

Published On: Jan 14 2014 09:26:04 AM PST
Portland, OR -

More than 400 people showed up at Monday night's Portland school board meeting to show their support for teachers who are still without a contract after more than nine months of talks.

The Oregonian reports that students eventually disrupted the meeting with loud chants. Students said they would strike with teachers if the district decides to impose a contract. And they criticized some school board members who left while students were still speaking.

Both teachers and the school district have prepared for a walkout, but neither has taken final steps that would lead to one. Teachers would have to gather their members for a vote before giving 10 days' notice to the district.

Health insurance and a limit on workload have been key issues.

Negotiations will continue Thursday.