Lakeview Protesters to District: We're Here to Stay
Parents, teachers and activists continued their sit-in at Lakeview Elementary School on Tuesday, despite warnings to vacate the property from Oakland Unified School District police.
The activists want the district to re-open Lakeview and four other schools the board voted to close. And they're demanding that Superintendent Tony Smith resign.
Organizer Joel Velasquez says supporters are providing free summer classes to children at the school.
“We’re providing a service for our children and our parents,” says Velasquez, “our lower-income families here in Oakland can’t afford daycare or summer school. And we’re doing this for free with volunteers. I don’t see how that’s wrong.”
Oakland Unified spokesman Troy Flint says the district would like to negotiate with the protesters, but the school closures will save the district millions, and allow more spending per child.