If my inbox is any indication, the rumor mill is humming about the possibility that Oakland teachers will strike on the first week of the school year. (Some parents say they’ve heard it from teachers they know or other reliable sources.)
A new school year can be stressful as it is, without wondering whether it’s going to start as planned. One mom asked me if I knew how a strike school worked.
So I’m here to tell you not to worry.
Here’s what Betty Olson-Jones, the teacher’s union president, said this afternoon: “No, at this point that is not a plan. … There is no plan for a strike at the beginning of the year.”
Whatever your reliable sources may lead you to believe, the union’s leadership has not been crafting strategy over the summer, at least not formally. Olson-Jones just got back into town, and the union’s board meets this weekend for the first time since school let out.
Besides, strikes take a great deal of planning and coordination (not to mention buy-in from the rank-and-file), and — as you’re all well aware — there’s very little time between now and Aug. 30. Eleven days, to be exact.
Now, whether teachers will strike later in the school year is another question.
“There are no definite plans at this point,” Olson-Jones said.