Students Mobilize Supporting Underperforming #RedFored Teachers Strike

Students in Oakland, California came to the aid of their teachers, joining their Strike. The teachers are of course asking for raises and other perks while failing to do their jobs.

A number of the 50,000 elementary and secondary school students in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) are publicly supporting the #RedforEd inspired strike launched by about 3,000 Oakland Public School System teachers on Thursday.

But should these students be backing their teachers?

According to the Scholastic Reading Inventory, an assessment of reading performance, only 36 percent of students in the Oakland district were reading at or above grade level in spring 2017. A total of a 41 percent of students lagged more than one year below grade level.”

Citywide, about one-third of students meet or exceed proficiency standards in math and ELA (specifically, 35% in ELA and 28% in Math.) This includes data from all district-run and charter public schools in Oakland.

Statewide, 48% of students were proficient in ELA and 38% of students were proficient in Math.”

Despite this shining performance, the teachers feel they deserve a pay bump of 12% and smaller classes. The School District has offered 2% over 3 years. They should be happy they don’t get paid based on their ability to do their jobs.

Oakland claims they don’t have money in the budget to pay more and are trying to be fiscally responsible. They also can’t do anything about the class sizes due to the districts sanctuary city policy.

Oakland is a Sanctuary City and OUSD is a Sanctuary District. We do not ask for or require proof of legal immigration status upon enrollment, nor is any such information gathered by a school. Hundreds of undocumented, newcomer and refugee students are thriving in our schools with help of the Office of English Language Learners and Multilingual Achievement (ELLMA) and we want to keep it that way.

When we say Every Student Thrives! at OUSD it means we stand behind our students no matter where they were born or the barriers they have overcome to be here. We cherish the cultural richness in our district and make no exceptions when it comes to including learners with a wide variety of backgrounds and needs.”

It appears there is an easy fix to this. Stop teaching illegals and start focusing on American students who have families that pay into the system. I bet that would bring down the size of some of these classrooms. And it would probably help English Language Arts (ELA) performance ratings if most of the students came from English speaking families.

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