It’s official: The Oakland school district will hold school on Thursday, despite the one-day strike. So far, about 300 emergency teachers have cleared background checks, with more in the pipeline, according to district spokesman Troy Flint; at least 60 people from the central office will head out to the schools as well.
But just in case you were thinking about sending your kids to school on strike day, this letter from the Oakland teachers union — which was sent home with children in at least one school — warns that you might be placing them in harm’s way:
Please be aware that the district is hiring emergency replacements for the day of our strike, but they are far less qualified than your child’s regular teacher and substitute teachers. We are concerned that this poses a real safety threat. Support our strike and our demand that all students have a qualified teacher in every classroom!
I wonder if these letters were sent to homes across the city.
“In many of our neighborhoods, I don’t think you can make an argument that not being in school is safer than being in school,” Flint said. “That’s particularly true for those parents who can’t afford daycare or to take off work.”
Of course, Flint didn’t claim that much learning would happen.
Will you send your child to school Thursday? Will you take the day off work (or school) and picket, like Sue and her family? Why (or why not)? Are parents coordinating child care to support the strike?