Several teachers spoke to The Oaklandside about their lessons which included a comic book, videos, and read-alouds about conflict in the Middle East.
Palestinian solidarity activists have pressed local governments to support a ceasefire. Israel’s supporters want city leaders to condemn Hamas.
Hundreds demonstrated and scores were arrested in one of the largest acts of Jewish civil disobedience in Bay Area history.
Tensions are running high within OUSD. Some say taking a stand is urgent, while others worry about community members feeling alienated.
School district leadership applauded substantial raises for teachers but the board will need to make tough budget decisions or face insolvency.
The agreements regarding community schools, reparations for Black students, school closures, and student homelessness reflect a shift in what teachers unions are negotiating over.
Oakland’s superintendent urged the school board to act now to avoid another strike in 2025. Also: A special election will be held for the vacant D5 seat.
Oakland teachers remained on picket lines as the union pushed back against statements from the district about the cost of its “common good” demands.
OUSD Board President Mike Hutchinson said some of the issues fall outside of the OEA contract. But three board members are calling on the district to bargain over them.
Families of students in special education classes also appealed to the OUSD board over changes that will force some of them to switch schools.
The teachers union and OUSD have been negotiating since October. This week’s vote by members clears a path for the union’s leadership to declare a strike.
The Oakland school board says cutbacks are necessary to afford raises, the teachers union disagrees, and some parents want more transparency.
Oakland teachers announced a one-day strike over school closures, and district leaders say they won’t be able to cover staff absences.