Pictured above (left to right): E’Niyah Wilson, Lia DelVecchio and XueYong Liu.
These three girls at Oakland’s Edna Brewer Middle School have decided to highlight the effect that all of the budget and staffing uncertainty is having on their school. The petition they wrote says nothing about seniority rules, experienced vs. young staff, or who was exempted from the pink slip list and who wasn’t. Just that they care about their teachers, that their teachers care about them, and that they don’t want to lose them.
Students and staff are holding a before-school rally at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday. I’ve heard that similar actions are planned at Oakland Tech and Oakland High.
Here’s a copy of the Brewer petition, which lists 18 teachers (of a staff of 42) who received pink slips. As of last Thursday, the students had collected about 300 signatures:
Ms. Philips, Counselor
These teachers might be getting layed off next year because of budget cuts. This is not good because the teachers really care about us and they are really hard working. It’s unfair because most of the money in California is going to something else rather than education. Stop the injustice and save the future generations!