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.