With the school year coming to an end, now comes the all-too-familiar moment when certain public school doors are shuttered. This is the case in Oakland where five public schools are being closed, with children being sent to charter schools (some as far as 10 miles away) with no guarantee of transportation. Parents and teachers, however, are fighting back with a sit-in today.
According to SaveOaklandSchools.org:
At the end of this school year, the Oakland Unified School District plans to close 5 public elementary schools and hand children’s school buildings over to private charter schools and district administration offices. Hundreds of the displaced students have been placed by the district in elementary schools that are 10 miles away, and the school district has offered no guarantee that transportation will be provided for families.
Parents, teachers and students will be sitting in at Lakeview Elementary with a “community speak out and BBQ” at 1:00pm, followed by a People’s School Solidarity Rally on Saturday at 2:00pm. Every night after that there will be a Solidarity Watch at 9:00pm.
Parents and teachers are demanding that the schools not be closed; that attacks on school teachers and works must end; that schools should not be forced to pay for the “unjust state debt”; and that public education should be fully-funded.
Head over to SaveOaklandSchools.org for more information.