The contentious meeting came just one day after the Oakland Education Association narrowly voted to ratify a new contract, one that gives teachers a 3 percent bonus plus an 11 percent raise over the final 3 years of the 4-year deal.
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"I just want to make it really clear," said Oakland School Board member Jody London. "We must make these reductions if we're to give the raise."
About half of the $21.7 million in cuts will come at the central office. The remainder includes reductions to libraries, services to Asian Pacific Islanders, Foster Youth and the restorative justice program.
"We already suffer from so much trauma," said Skyline High school student Jennifer Martinez, "and it breaks our hearts."
#HAPPENINGNOW @OUSDNews students were just chanting “Resign! Resign!” Now they are just screaming at school board that just approved $21.7 million in cuts, including to foster and restorative justice programs, libraries. #abc7now @OaklandEA pic.twitter.com/p2Uojyt6Ge— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) March 4, 2019
"I don't like this for me, for district seven," said board member James Harris.
In the end, the board went ahead with the vote, approving the budget cuts, much to the dismay of dozens of angry students, who approached the board as they went into recess.
"How dare you run out of a meeting," yelled one crying student, "cause you know you're wrong!"
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#HAPPENINGNOW Former @CityofOakland mayor and school board member @jeanquan speaking before the current @OUSDNews board...urging them not to cut funding to restorative justice and support services for foster youth. #abc7now pic.twitter.com/c39LuucBEX— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) March 4, 2019
#HAPPENINGNOW @OUSDNews school board meeting is highly-contentious. This man had the microphone cut off, but he kept talking...angrily. The board is considering $21.7 million in budget cuts they say are necessary to give teachers negotiated wage increase. @OaklandEA #abc7now pic.twitter.com/R2oELlclm4— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) March 4, 2019