Oregon schools to furlough teachers, boost pay with stimulus

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Teachers in the largest school district in Oregon voted Tuesday on a proposal to furlough all staff for one day a week through July to save money during the pandemic and then use money from a little-known provision in the federal bailout package to backfill their pay. Portland’s school board approved the plan late Tuesday, and the district has gotten approval from the Oregon Employment Department. Labor unions for other school staff, including custodians and bus drivers, have already approved the idea. The plan will allow the district to save 20% on employee pay — money that can be used next year.