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Re: “Oakland Teachers Want 15 Percent Raise

I am an Oakland school teacher. Whats "unconscionable" is that that East Bay Express isn't behind the teachers on this one. Public school teachers in Oakland get paid less than most of the Bay Area, yet have higher cost of living than much of the Bay Area, and have already suffered larger class sizes and fewer resources as a result of this economy. Getting for a 5% raise per year should be the MINIMUM, especially considering how little Oakland teachers are paid compared to other urban districts. It may help stem the high turnover of teachers frustrated with the problems that stem from lack of resources at their schools. How much the community values their teachers is really HOW MUCH THEY VALUE THEIR CHILDREN. Short-change the adults who work with Oakland's youth 40+ hours a week (plus another 10-20 at home preparing, grading, etc), and Oakland's youth will be the ones who suffer. What SHOULD be happening is more support for teachers, more teachers hired with more pay, smaller classrooms and accountable administrators, school nurses, social workers, counselors and parent liasons. MORE, dear public, not less, or it is your kids who will not graduate, will not pass go and will not collect $200.

Posted by poindextrose on 12/10/2009 at 6:59 PM

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