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.
As explained in last October’s Contract Matters: Update Projections Versus Actuals, the teacher contract calls for using funding projections to determine if there would be an overall funding increase from 2015 and then calculate a projected raise. The district and the teacher’s union disagreed about the rate of two ongoing salary increases that were to take effect July 1, 2016, and January 1, 2017 and a one time payment due January 1, 2017. The union then filed an expedited grievance.
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the Oakland Education Association (OEA) agree there should be a raise for credentialed staff. According to… Read More
March 5, 2015
3/18/15 UPDATE: Click here for a printable version of our regional compensation analysis.
It is clear that our teachers deserve a significant… Read More
January 28, 2015
Education advocates across the city agree that Oakland teachers need a big raise. A recent report shows that Oakland teacher salaries are… Read More
December 19, 2014
Today, Oakland’s hardworking teachers and students begin a well-deserved winter break. When they return in 2015, negotiations on a new teacher contract… Read More