Oakland Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

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A view of Oakland Technical High School on March 13, 2018.  (Photo: Samantha Shanahan/KQED)

Oakland's 3,000 member teachers union has authorized a district-wide strike. Among the union's demands are a 12 percent raise over three years and reduced class sizes. The school district, which has offered a 5 percent pay raise, is in the midst of deciding on substantial cuts to address its expected $30 million budget shortfall next year. We'll talk about the strike, which could begin later this month, and what it means for Oakland teachers, students and parents.

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John Sasaki, director of communications, Oakland Unified School District

Michael Kirst, former president, California State Board of Education; professor emeritus of education, Stanford University's Graduate School of Education

Deirdre Snyder, treasurer, Oakland Education Association