Oakland teacher strike moves into fifth day

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland school students and their parents, along with several teachers brought their message to the California State Building downtown Wednesday, a lesson of sorts for their makeshift strike school.

Negotiations between the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Education Association resumed at the state building on Wednesday afternoon.

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"The choice of songs is obvious, intentional on our part," said parent organizer Ursula Aldana. "It's a real learning opportunity for your kids to participate in the strike."

Despite a marathon bargaining session Tuesday, the Oakland Teacher Strike is now in its 5th day.

The district's offer remains an 8.5 percent raise over 4 years. The teachers want 12 percent over 3 years.

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"We're still hoping that we can come to an agreement," said OUSD Spokesman John Sasaki. "This has gone on longer than many of us hoped or thought it would. A lot of our students, families want to get back to class."

The talks may be dragging on, but the teachers' energy appears high. A large contingent took over the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 580 in the Laurel District.

"I can say that we are still really excited for the cause," said teacher Liana Nelson-Smith, "but some of us are feeling a little weary, but we're ready to go as long as it takes."

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At La Escuelita Elementary, picketers set up at every entrance, ready to shut down the scheduled meeting of the school board, one set to include discussion about nearly $22 million in budget cuts.

"They're wanting to make a lot of cuts this evening and that's not something we would like to see happen," said striking teacher Rebecca Recco. "We would like to make that stop."

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