Oakland teachers planning one-day walkout over no-raise contracts
Oakland teachers prepared for today's one-day strike by putting the finishing touches on picket signs Wednesday, while school administrators readied 300 emergency workers to cover the classrooms.
The Oakland Unified School District's 100-plus schools were scheduled to be open during the strike, with teachers picketing each site starting at 5:30 a.m. Emergency substitutes and about 70 central office workers are expected to be in the classrooms to teach students who show up.
The Oakland Education Association urged parents to keep their children home for the day. The district asked parents to keep their kids in school.
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The one-day strike is meant to send a message that a no-raise contract imposed on teachers last week was unacceptable.