7:30 a.m. Reporter Chris Metinko said about a dozen students had joined a group of about two dozen striking teachers and other supporters at Oakland High School on MacArthur Boulevard.
“We need our teachers to do too much to not pay them well,” said Khadijah Byrd, 16, junior.
Emily Macy, a second year social studies teacher said she thought the one day action was unifying.
“In Oakland we have a high turnover rate so this is helping (unite) the new teachers,” Macy said. “The older teachers have been through this before, but the new teachers haven’t.”
“Our major goal is to show the School Board and superintendent that we do have wide support from the community to be able to provide high quality education to our students,” Macy said. “The strike shows we do have a voice.
A few custodians and support staff crossed the line to work.
Rose Qabazard, one of 28 school nurses who are also affected by the contract, walked the picket line.
“Oakland Unified hasn’t had a strike for 14 years. Even if it’s a one-day strike, it brings our issues to the forefront,” she said. “It’s a wake-up call.”