Susan Larion-Townsend 
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Re: “Citing Possible School Closures and Fiscal Problems, Oakland School Board Denies New Charter School Petition

Too little too late OUSD school board, time for a recall!

Posted by Susan Larion-Townsend on 11/09/2017 at 8:29 PM

Re: “Oakland Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement With Salary Increases, Seniority Rights

I appreciate the dedication of our Bargaining Team, although they did all they could do with an unreasonable district, this TA is a monumental insult to the teachers of Oakland. 1% here , 2% there, half hour added to our already lengthy Wednesdays, no hard caps on Special Ed caseloads, erosion of seniority rights, and a weak promise of money IF the state budget supports it and IF OUSD doesn't shift priorities as they have countless times before. Oakland teachers are paid 20% less than neighboring districts and this TA does nothing to close that huge gap that causes a mass exodus of teachers year after year. The priority of OUSD is to privatize by outsourcing funding to private entities, such as the 2.5 million the school board voted unanimously to spend on "Restorative Justice" just last night. Teachers will be further pressured to keep disruptive students in the classroom, infringing on the rights of students who lose out on instructional time while their teachers attempt to deal with disruptive students. This is a sad day for the students of Oakland, as their district leaders spend taxpayer money to consultants rather than their teachers. As a teacher of 25 years in Oakland, the current demands on us are inhumane. We have brand new Math, Reading, and Writing programs that demand an unhealthy amount of our own personal, unpaid time to master. We are paid minimum wage for training in the summer and after school hours. When teachers reach 5 or more years of experience in Oakland, they leave and I admit I have advised many to move elsewhere. Wake up to the current teacher shortage OUSD!
Susan Townsend

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Susan Larion-Townsend on 05/14/2015 at 5:06 PM

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