Oakland teachers plan day-long strike over school closures

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OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Some teachers, staff and parents at Oakland Unified Schools will be on the picket line Friday. The Oakland Education Association has authorized a one-day strike to protest the closure of several schools at the end of this school year.

KRON4 spoke with parents who are affected by the closures and plan to go on strike.

Parents in the Oakland Unified School District protested the closings in February. Two months later, the fight continues.

The planned strike follows the school board’s decision to close more than a dozen Oakland schools over the next two years.

“It’s literally a break for the whole family at La Escuelita (primary school),” said Max Orozco, whose son was in the school’s first graduating class.

La Escuelita is one of the schools about to close. Orozco’s daughter is currently in 4th grade there.

“It’s hard to tell her that she won’t be able to see all the friends she has met.”

Orozco says he hasn’t thought about where his daughter will go to school next year.

“No, we will continue to fight for La Escuelita.”

Azlinah Tambu has two children at Parker Elementary, another school that is about to close. If the school closes, by default, its children will be sent to two different schools more than 35 blocks apart. Tomorrow they won’t go to school, they will join the OAS demonstration.

“My kids are going there,” she said. “We are making signs right now. We rally other school children to be there.

She says she and other community members will continue to fight to keep schools open for as long as possible.

“The fight is not over. The fight is not over yet, we are still trying to win back Parker, Community Day and La Escuelita, then we will come back next year to win the other schools that have been designated for closure.

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