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Medford Schools To Reopen With Substitute Teachers

Medford school officials have prepped more than 200 substitutes as schools prepare to reopen during a strike by teachers.

The Medford Mail Tribune reported that substitute teachers have arrived from many parts of Oregon.

They met with administrators for five hours Sunday. Their credentials were reviewed, and they went through drug screening. Superintendent Phil Long said more substitutes are expected.

Police said buses hauling in substitutes were greeted by about 150 picketing members of the Medford Education Association.

The strike began Thursday. Schools are scheduled to reopen Tuesday on a half-day basis. Bargaining is expected to resume Wednesday.

The two sides have said they disagree on pay, health insurance, workloads and early retirement incentives.

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