I wasn’t at yesterday’s local control ceremony, but I read that a number of teachers – protesting the bargaining impasse — were shouting over the speakers, booing and hissing. (Is hissing particularly popular in the Bay Area/California? My first exposure to this form of protest was in Hayward, over four years ago.)
I often hear that teachers want to be seen — and treated — as professionals, and most would agree that they should be. Do you think such rude public behavior undermines that goal, in the eyes of the administration and the public? Or is it an effective disincentive to get on the union’s bad side?
More broadly, what kind of a message does it send about teachers – and about Oakland’s public schools, during this important (and difficult) moment?