The “Outstanding Teachers for All Oakland Students” tax measure received 61 percent approval, but it fell short of the two-thirds vote it needed to pass — likely, because it was strongly opposed by the teachers union, itself.
Now, it’s back to the drawing board (and the bargaining table). The district’s part-time CFO, Leon Glaster, hasn’t loaded raises into the budget. The state is poised to make mid-year cuts, and further cuts next year.
What should the district and the teachers do now in the short term — to avoid labor unrest — and in the long term, to offer more competitive pay?