I just finished writing a really long story about the Oakland teacher’s union’s first contract proposal, so I’ll be concise. Here is what the OEA wants:
- A 20 percent increase in the salary schedule (a starting teacher’s salary would be closer to $48,000, rather than just below $40,000).
- More teachers. Only 15 students per teacher in the district’s lowest-scoring schools. Classes of 20 everywhere else.
- Smaller case loads for nurses, counselors and special education staff.
- Academic flexibility. Pacing guides would be optional, not mandatory.
Some of you liked the “shoots for the moon” title (and photo), and others thought it made the proposal sound completely unrealistic. Is it? What do you think about the OEA proposal?