It is my honor to kick off the 2018-2019 school year with you and all of Oakland’s educators! Thank you all for everything you do for Oakland students and families.
In May, the teachers’ union (OEA) declared impasse in their contract negotiations with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD).
Since September 2017, the 5th Cohort of Teacher Policy Fellows have engaged in learning about education policy making in Oakland and the foundation and vision of two GO campaigns, Budgeting for Impact and 1Oakland. They are now taking action as leaders in these campaigns.
Teachers in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) dedicate their lives to their students. This school year, in our one-to-ones and engagements with teachers, we’ve heard teachers lift up the importance of providing their students with rich, culturally relevant learning experiences and individual attention. They want to be supported by effective coaches and school leaders, have time to collaborate with their colleagues, and feel secure in their school sites’ plans to best serve their students. Oakland teachers want to do all this, and deserve to be compensated at a rate that allows them to afford to live in one of the most expensive metropolitan area in the country.
Education has been a hot topic in the news lately, with debates on the role of teacher as protector and teacher as union member, in addition to some promising news from the governor for school funding in California.
In this issue, you’ll find out how you can join local teachers in supporting students in the wake of the latest school shooting, find information about the Supreme Court case Janus vs. ACSFME, and learn about additional state funds for Oakland in the context of bargaining the teacher contract.
Sometimes the Facebook feature “On This Day” just reminds me of how much free time I had before I became an educator and a mother. Today, it showed me that 5 years ago this week, GO Oakland put out the very first all-call for applicants to the inaugural cohort of our Teacher Policy Fellowship. At the time, I was a full-time Special Education teacher, just beginning to pop my head out of the classroom to try to understand how the whole system of public education works.
After spending 3 years piloting TGDS through 1 year Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), it seemed a sure thing that district teachers were going to be able to be evaluated with some version of the system for this school year. That did not happen.