Thousands of teachers rallied in Sacramenton on May 22, 2019 to demand more funding for pubic education and to reform. Calling it “Red For Ed” the teachers talked about the crisis in the classroom and the growing siphoning off of funding from charters. The California Charter School Association CCSA also rallied their African American supporters in front of their office in Sacramento and at the rally at the state building.The president of the Sacramento Teachers Association David Fisher also discussed their contract issues and the lack of counselors and nurses in the schools.Teachers also discussed the role of co-locations and the lack of transparency by the growing number of charters.
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Over 3,000 Oakland OEA teachers struck the OUSD on February 21, 2019 and rallied at at Oscar Grant Plaza next to Oakland City Hall. They discussed the strike and the issues including the closure of schools such as Roots Academy and privatization of public education through the expansion of charters. The rally included large number of students, parents and other union members who are supporting the strike. Other unions are also supporting the strike which has broad public support.
Additonal media: No Cuts No Closures! OEA Oakland Teachers, Students & Parents Protest Closure Of Roots & Charters Oakland 2019 Teachers Contract Fight, The OEA, CTA, Charters & Privatization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHYee…
‘Charter Schools Are Not Public Schools’ Oakland OEA Teachers Protest ‘Common Enrollment’
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Many teachers were concerned about possible cuts to SEIU and AFSCME staff to pay for agreement and limiting the moratorium on the closure of public community schools to only 5 months. Teachers were also angry about charters and the privatization of the entire educational system with the district closing community public schools and opening up charters.
Thousands of Oakland Education Association OEA members including teachers and OUSD staff attended a meeting to vote on their TA on March 3, 2019. Before the meeting, some discussed their concerns about the proposed contract. Many teachers were concerned about possible cuts to SEIU and AFSCME staff to pay for agreement and limiting the moratorium on the closure of public community schools to only 5 months. Teachers were also angry about charters and the privatization of the entire educational system with the district closing community public schools and opening up charters. Students, parents and community supporters also discussed the conditions in the classrooms and why they were supporting the teachers.