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Re: “Oakland Teachers Want 15 Percent Raise

I'm at a loss as to how this article is in any way impartial. As a bay area homeowner, I can't think of a better use of my property taxes than to bring Oakland schoolteachers at least a little closer to the pay rate they deserve. As I understand it, $87 million in my tax payor money went to outside learning consultants; meanwhile, the total percentage paid to Oakland teachers' cost of living adjustments has been a mere 1.75% increase, and they're still receiving the lowest compensation rate in all of Alameda County unified. Add to that the fact that I know far too many teachers who are paying out-of-pocket for basic school supplies, teaching in rundown buildings (some without heat), and still maxing out at $71K a year (even with more than 90 credits in addition to a BA), I can't think of very many people more deserving of a raise. I would appreciate a bit more impartiality when approaching future reporting on this matter. An equal examination of both sides of the issue is a core competency I am happy to say I learned in public school.

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Posted by BAHomeOwner on 12/14/2009 at 3:48 PM

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