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Oakland public school teachers refused to show up for work on Thursday, launching a strike that is the latest in a nationwide series of teachers’ protests in the “#RedforEd” movement.
The Oakland Education Association (OEA) is demanding a 12% raise over three years from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Teachers also want smaller class sizes, more support staff, and restrictions on charter schools supported by “billionaires” like Bill and Melinda Gates.
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The strike is affecting 37,000 students in the district. The OUSD prepared in advance, Bay Area public radio station KQED reported last week, by arranging for “emergency temporary teachers and district staff” to supervise students whose parents could not keep them home.
The non-profit Teach for America organization is being criticized for allegedly encouraging its teachers to cross the picket line as “scabs” to continue serving students.
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I’m disgusted that @TeachForAmerica is encouraging its teachers to be SCABS in Oakland. They are proving that they don’t support public schools, teachers or students. Sickening.
As Breitbart News reported Monday, citing news reports in California media, a neutral state-appointed fact-finder recommended an agreement that would include a raise of 3% each year for two years, followed by a negotiation for another increase in the third year. The fact-finder also recommended reducing average class size by one.
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