A proponent of Measure L weighs in

The 'Yes on L' campaign has taken root in Oakland, but the teachers' union is remaining neutral.

The 'Yes on L' campaign has taken root in Oakland, but the teachers' union is remaining neutral.

In Oakland, the school district had to cut $122 million from its budget this year, and teachers have not gotten a raise in nearly a decade. Some folks are trying to change that. They’ve put a measure on the ballot that would create a 54-cent per day property tax to raise teachers’ salaries.

The Oakland teachers’ union has long fought for a raise, but they pulled out of the coalition that crafted the measure last fall and are now taking a neutral position. They’re upset that some of the money would go to teachers at charter schools, and that the measure contains language about retaining “effective teachers” without defining the term.

To learn more about how the measure would work and what the benefits to Oakland students might be, Lillian Mongeau caught up with one of the measure’s biggest champions, Jonathan Klein of Great Oakland Public Schools.

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  1. OakGirl

    This ballot measure is as poorly crafted as 2004 Measure Y. The teachers are correct regarding the “effective teacher” language. It is vague and meaningless. I rarely agree with teacher unions but voting No on L is the right decision.

    Vote No on L

  2. OakGirl

    Mr. Klein never defines an effective teacher. He says that this tax will reward effective teachers. Are all teachers effective? Will less effective teachers receive nothing? What about Johnny in west Oakland, will he now have an effective teacher or just a bad teacher who is paid more. Measure L is about the second worst measure on the ballot.

    Read the measure people. The measure is extremely vague, and at the end of the day, there are absolutely no assurances that your $200MM was spent on effective teachers. Until someone includes language that defines effective teachers, then your only choice is to vote NO.

    Vote No On Measure L.

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