Oakland Unified to consider pay raises and deficit

January 26, 2011 9:57:29 AM PST
The Oakland Unified school board will consider giving pay raises to employees while also trimming its budget deficit by $12 million.

The Oakland Tribune reports that the proposed two percent raise for district employees -- including teachers -- would cost about $2 million.

At the same time, Oakland school principals are being asked to cut their schools' budgets by seven percent.

The president of the employees' union says she believes the employees deserve a raise, but is concerned about the economic climate.