Tag Archives: Oakland Education Association

Among those protesting at the GO Public Schools fundraiser  were (L to R): Mike Avila,educator and parent; Natalia Cooper, teachers' union executive board member and special education teacher; Mike Hutchinson, school board candidate District 5; and Deirdre Snyder, teacher. Photo by Ken Epstein

Mayor Speaks at Fundraiser to Support Pro-Charter School Board Candidates

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were keynote speakers this week at a $250-a-person election fundraiser for Great Oakland (GO) Public Schools, which protesters say is an organization that backs [...]
Member of 67 Sueños perform a “Pledge of Allegiance” poem before the City Council meeting, showing their support for the E12th Coalition’s “People’s Proposal” and expressing the pain that a lack of affordable housing has brought to their communities. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Communities Turn Out for E12th Coalition’s Affordable Housing Proposal “The market will take care of market-rate housing,” says neighborhood coalition calling for 100 percent affordable housing.

The fight to build affordable housing on a parcel of public land by Lake Merritt has once again turned into a tug-of-war between the East 12th St. neighborhood coalition with various community organizations’ support and [...]
Principal Misha Karigaca

District Removes Popular Principal and Will “Co-locate” Charter School at Westlake

Westlake Middle School students, parents and teachers are angry and confused after learning in the past week that the district has decided to “co-locate” a charter school onto their campus and remove their beloved principal, [...]
Teachers at Cleveland Elementary School rally for a new contract.

Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike Against School District

Oakland teachers have voted to authorize a strike against the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) if they do not settle their contract by the time school opens next fall.
Speakers called for higher wages and better schools at a San Antonio Park rally on Tuesday. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Parents, Students and Teachers March for Better Schools

Several hundred students, parents and teachers held a rally and marched through the streets of East Oakland this week to demonstrate their solidarity with the teachers’ union in its contract negotiations with the school district [...]
Isaac Kos-Read is the recently hired Oakland school district's Chief of Communications and Public Affairs.

Public Relation Move by School District Backfires

For someone who does not understand unions and negotiations, it might appear perfectly innocent that the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) put a “polite invitation” on the teachers union Facebook page to read the school [...]
Castlemont High School.

OUSD: McClymonds, Fremont, Castlemont Will not Become Charter Schools

The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has announced that by a March 12 deadline, it has received letters of intent to design proposals for four schools that are part of the district’s intensive support school [...]
McClymonds community attends the school board meeting Wednesday, asking the district to inform them about what is planned for their school and saying they want to be included in the planning. Photo by Ken Epstein.

School District Faces Conflict Over Teacher Pay and “Redesign” of Five Schools

The Oakland Unified School District’s three new school board members and newly hired superintendent have taken their positions just as two of the district’s most protracted conflicts are coming to a head – poorly paid [...]
Members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) marched on Monday in Oakland in the Martin Luther King Day Jr. march for #BlackLivesMatter. (Left to right) Front Row: Sayuri Sakkamoto, OEA President Trish Gorham, Natalia Cooper, Janan Apaydin; Back Row: Keith Brown, Lindah Martin, Bill Balderston. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Teachers Union Questions Redesign Plan for Five Schools

Parents, students and community members are hoping the Oakland Unified School District will provide specifics about the new “redesign” process that will take place this spring at five flatland schools: Fremont, McClymonds and Castlemont High [...]
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads an anti-war march on March 21, 1967 in Chicago. The censorship of King's ideals, including his opposition to war and his poor people's campaign, was the topic of one lesson on the Urban Dreams website.

Teachers Accuse School Officials of Censorship for Closing Website

Teachers, community members and students are complaining that the Oakland Unified School District has violated academic freedom when it unilaterally, without any public discussion, shut down an “Urban Dreams” website, containing 27 units of federally [...]