"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society." —Speech to the state convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, Oct. 7, 1965
Superintendent Yee presented a budget process on 1/15/14. The OEA supports Dr. Yee's recommendation to pay for allocated teachers centrally and to base funding on enrollment, not ADA. (Something the State should do.)
The OEA Sunshine Proposal was generated using input from hundreds of members at dozens of sites. We asked our members three questions. Their answers to these central questions form the basis for our proposal.
Use these questions to share your story at the school board meeting and with the community:
1. What are the most important things needed to improve students' academic and social/emotional outcomes?
2. What are the most important things you need to develop as a professional educator?
3. What are the factors that might prevent you from remaining as a career educator in Oakland?
Educators need our voices heard and our judgment respected. Recognition of and support for our efforts must be at the core of the way OUSD functions.We believe local school communities know what their specific strengths and weaknesses are and should have a substantial say in identifying and selecting training topics and providers.
We know that quality instruction requires regularly scheduled time, within the work day, to process new ideas, prepare lessons, and reflect on how to integrate them. A well-rounded education, including the arts and physical education, should be provided for all students. One goal is to increase opportunities by enhancing the offerings within the student day.
A greater investment is needed at the school sites to keep class sizes low and provide support and services for struggling students.
Oakland students need the reality of full service community schools, not just its rhetoric. They need on site counseling and psychological services provided by professionals with the appropriate state credentials at every site. They need up to date technology and certificated staff who know how to integrate it into meaningful learning experiences. Budgets are statements of priorities.
Oakland students need education professionals at all levels for whom the decision to make a career helping Oakland's children is not also a decision to sacrifice their financial well-being. OUSD can provide the employees of Oakland with salaries that are competitive with other Bay Area districts. We need to attract and retain educators who will make Oakland students their life's work instead of a training ground for other, higher paying Districts.
Your OEA Bargaining Team is counting on you to have their backs on JANUARY 29 as they present your interests for a new contract.
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Oakland's first murder victim of 2014 was 13 year old Lee Weathersby III, a student at Alliance. As his Memorial service takes place at 9:45 am, January 8, in the Alliance auditorium, friends and family are asking that you pause your lessons and have a minute of silence. Not just for Lee, but for all the victims of senseless violence past, present, and future.
The members of the Oakland Education Association send our deepest sympathy to Lee's family. OEA Representative Council on 1/6/14 was adjourned in his memory.