On Tuesday, May 3rd, OCO held a “Save Our Schools” Action at the Cesar Chavez Learning Center on International Blvd. About 1,500 parents, students, teachers, principals, and classified staff attended the event to 1) celebrate the retention of nearly all teachers, 2) demand that state legislators act now to pass a budget that supports K-12 education, 3) secure state legislators’ support for AB 609 (Swanson) and return $2 million to Oakland for errors made under the State Administration, and 4) urge OUSD to direct funds needed to keep essential school site staff and programs this year and develop a policy to protect schools serving low income students well from a disproportionate impact of layoffs in the future.

During the Action, our history was shown in an all new video by Bay Localize, which can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIywMCvAxqY

Representatives from our state legislators all agreed to support AB 609 and work to address the state funding crisis for public education. OUSD Board Member responded to our questions as reported below:

Responses to the Community

London

Kakishiba

Hinton- Hodge

Yee

Gallo

Dobbins

Spearman

OEA

SEIU

District:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

   
Will you set up a process for the coming year that engages the community to develop the central office budget?

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

 

Will you use money from state fines and penalties to restore programs, services and classified staff?

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

 

Will you use additional money that comes back to the district to serve students with greatest need and make our school families whole?

N

N

Y

N

Y

Y

 

Will you take the steps to rehire effective temporary teachers?

Y

Y

Y

Y

    Y

Y

 

Will you appoint a representative to work with leaders to develop a policyto keep our school families stable and whole?

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

In continuation of this work, 30 OCO leaders traveled to Sacramento May 4th to meet with Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rich Zieger, and to support AB 609 (Swanson) at the Education Committee public hearing. Thanks to our support and the special testimony given by two young students, Sarah and Maya, the Bill passed 5 to 3 and will be moving on to the Appropriations Committee!!!

Overall, there’s been some progress. More than 500 teacher positions have been saved and we have commitments to move forward on other issues, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, so join us for our upcoming events concerning education:

May 21 – Bus trip to the Central Valley in support of other PICO CA sister organizations

June 14 – Statewide Education Action in Sacramento, CA

(MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW)

 

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