Clackamas County school districts close May 8 for funding rallies
North Clackamas, Oregon City and Gladstone are among the more than 25 school districts in the state that have pre-emptively made the decision to close for a day of political action.
On May 8, tens of thousands of educators across Oregon are standing together with parents and community members to advocate for their students. Oregon Education Association rally organizers say schools are in crisis, with large class sizes, missing mental and behavioral health supports, and cut programs like art, music and PE.
North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback noted that the walkout was not endorsed by the district.
"The NCSD School Board and I share our teachers' goal of convincing the Legislature to make a significant new investment such as lowering class sizes, restoring lost programs, and increasing counseling support," Utterback wrote in a letter to the community. "NCSD understands how disruptive this action may be, and if there was a viable way to keep schools operating while ensuring student safety, NCSD would not be making this decision."