Forum on the Road: Oakland Teachers Strike Begins

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Carlita Landrum, an 11th grade Skyline student, uses a bullhorn to chant slogans as the group of students and volunteers make their way down Broadway St. in downtown Oakland for the Oakland student walkout on Friday Feb. 8, 2019. (Lindsey Moore/KQED)

Oakland teachers start their picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiations with the Oakland Unified School District. The teacher's union is asking for a 12 percent pay increase and smaller class sizes. The district says they're too financially strapped to meet the demands. Forum broadcasts from Oakland on the first day of the teacher's strike and we'll hear from the school board, the union, teachers and parents about what's next for Oakland schools.

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Vanessa Rancaño, education reporter, The California Report

Peter Van Tassel, principal, Cleveland Elementary School

Megan Bumpus, executive board member, Oakland Education Association; teacher, Reach Academy

Aimee Eng, president, Oakland School Board

Theresa Harrington, reporter, EdSource