Community Discussion to  Defend and Transform Oakland Schools on Dec. 9

Photo courtesy of the NY Times

Oakland public education advocates will host a community dialogue about the school district’s plans to make $30 million in budget cuts and close as many as 24 schools, mostly in East and West Oakland.
The meeting will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410-14th St. in downtown Oakland.
Join parents, students, educators and community members to plan how to respond to pressure from the state and other outside forces – to defend and transform Oakland’s public schools and to break down the barriers to a fully staffed, multi-ethnic teaching force for our classrooms.
“In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, it is insanity to consider closing schools and cutting budgets on school children,” according to a proposal for the meeting.
“The Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature. This is the best opportunity in decades to create the loving, joyful, non-discriminatory public schools our children deserve.  And in the most progressive district in the country, our local school board also needs to find the courage to stand up for justice,” the proposal said.
Among the sponsors of the event are the Post Salon, Oakland Public Education Network, Ad-hoc committee of Parents and Educators and Educators for Democratic Schools.
This event is free., Please RSVP so event organizers will know how many people to expect. Register here.


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