Unlike the teacher’s union, which is asking for a 20 percent raise for all of its members in the next contract, the Oakland school district isn’t throwing out any numbers.
But the district is broaching some controversial topics in its proposal, including one that teachers and districts across the country grapple with.
One provision of particular significance to teachers, as well as students, is commonly known as “bumping rights.” A teacher who loses her job during a school closure, for example, would have hiring priority at the OUSD school of her choosing, based on seniority.
The district wants to give principals greater freedom to hire the teachers they want — including those outside the district – earlier in the year. Teachers would still have rights to a position at another school, but it wouldn’t necessarily be their top choice.
I’m anxious to hear what you think.