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Re: “Oakland Teachers Want 15 Percent Raise

This article is an insult! Talk to any Oakland teacher and see what it's like. Teaching in Oakland is not just a job, but a lifestyle. Not only are we responsible for teaching students core curriculum (without basic resources such as paper, textbooks, pencils etc.), but we act as counselors, social workers, nurses etc. This is no 9-5. Oakland teachers are the front line, every day fighting a battle that those in power want us to lose. But we continue. We fight for equity, social justice, change. And our fire is the hope that we can empower young people to be the change that they want to see. It's already a hard fight. Many of our students are disadvantaged; products of an education system that has failed them for years. For many, we are their last hope. And so we spend our own money to buy books so they can have something to read. We buy pencils so they can have the opportunity to write. Many of us buy food so they can have the opportunity to eat.

And the magic of Oakland teachers is that we have spirit. And are united. When we see a district that is FAILING to put students first - we are saying "no."

We are in the middle of an economic crisis - yes. But when OUSD pays upwards of $85 MILLION for outside consultants, we are saying "NO!"

OUSD's slogan of "Every student, every classroom, every day" - put your money where your mouth is. Give the funding to every student, in every classroom, every day.

Posted by oaklandteacher on 12/10/2009 at 7:15 PM

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