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Re: “Why I’m Sending My Kid to School During the Teachers’ Strike

Thank you Dr. Karen Fiss!

Posted by Human in Oakland on 05/02/2010 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Oakland Teachers Want 15 Percent Raise

Teachers in Oakland, when the district first went into debt, accepted a pay cut. The state of California took over and instead of fixing the debt caused it to rise by quite a bit. The pay cut was not repaid! The district does not and has not given the cost of living increases that are supposed to be provided to the staff of the district. When the contract went through three years ago teachers got a minimal raise that really only covered the days added to the school year for us to work. The teachers also accepted having to pay part of their health care premium. Oakland is breaking the state's education code by paying only 44% of the money the district is allotted to staff in the classroom. State code requires 55% of funds allotted to classroom staff. Oakland Unified talks a lot about retaining teachers but is unwilling to put the money behind it. The district chooses to lose teachers and constantly have to retrain new teachers. The district chooses to put money to people who do not work in the classroom rather than draw high quality teachers who have previous experience or quality training. The measure E funds have not been monitored since the state of California took over. As a property owner in Oakland that makes me angry. The fact the district does not see classrooms as the priority for the spending of the funds it has makes me angry. The fact that the district is trying to remove special programs such as music or P.E. from the children of Oakland's education makes me angry. The fact that the State Appointed Trustees' salaries seem to have raised by around $100,000 in the last 8 years makes me angry. The teacher's in Oakland are paid the least of all districts in the area. The money that could be used to raise the teacher's pay quite comfortably is being spent on consultants that are being used for things that many teachers in Oakland are quite qualified to do and already do.

Posted by Human in Oakland on 12/10/2009 at 7:53 PM

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