SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Education Association estimates that 25,000 people showed up at a teacher walkout and rally in Portland to call for more education funding.
Hundreds more people turned out Wednesday in Eugene and Salem, where they protested on the steps of the state Capitol and in a nearby park.
The walkout comes as Republican lawmakers prevented a vote on a $1 billion education tax for the second day in a row.
Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, the Portland Democrat who helped craft the legislation, says it’s now up to teachers to keep up pressure on Republicans.
Dallas High School senior Braydon Wallace says classes are so crowded that students have to sit on the floor and textbooks are missing pages.