Some 3,000 teachers in Oakland, California, strolled off the task on Thursday in a agreement dispute over wages, class size and a proposition to close 2 lots schools, the latest in a series of strikes by U.S. teachers that began last year.
The Oakland Unified School District promised to keep schools open during the strike, saying it will usage central workplace staff members, principals and momentary emergency instructors to conduct classes for the district’s 37,000 trainees.
The teachers’ chief needs consist of a 12 percent pay raise, decreases in class sizes and the hiring of more support staff such as nurses, school psychologists and assistance counselors.
The union also is opposing a strategy provided by Oakland’s school superintendent in November to close as many as 24 of the district’s schools.
Union officials stated the proposition follows a pattern of shutting down public schools and converting most of them to personal, independently run non-district “charter schools.”
Such moves in the previous, the union says, have drawn state financing away from the district while leaving its public schools shouldering the bulk of higher-cost special education classes.
HEART AND SOUL
“Students, this is a fight for your education,” union president Keith Brown said in a video on Twitter. “This fight is for the heart and soul of public education in Oakland.”
The Oakland Education Association, the union representing the city’s instructors, has actually been working out for two years with the district.
The walkout in Oakland began as instructors throughout West Virginia returned to school after ending a two-day strike they had called to oppose an expansion of charter schools there, cleaning the way for classes to resume for about 270,000 students statewide.
West Virginia teachers, among the lowest-paid in the country, stimulated a wave of U.S. teachers’ strikes last year when they walked off the job to need greater pay. That nine-day strike ended after West Virginia agreed to a 5 percent raise.
Statewide teacher strikes last year also happened in Arizona, Kentucky and Oklahoma. Educators in Los Angeles, the country’s second-largest school district, strolled off the task for six class days in January in a strike over numerous of the same concerns raised in Oakland.
A teachers strike in Denver was settled last week, ending a labor disagreement that focused on demands for higher pay and a more foreseeable wage structure.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Extra reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Modifying by Costs Tarrant amd Tom Brown