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BREAKING NEWS: 7 Oakland Residents Occupy State Administrator's Office

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  • Hulda Nystrom
    ... Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:45:05 From: Mary Prophet To: kpfaed Subject: [KPFAed] BREAKING: 7 Oakland
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      -------- Original Message --------
      Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2005 17:45:05
      From: Mary Prophet <mlprophet@...>
      To: kpfaed <kpfaed@...>
      Subject: [KPFAed] BREAKING: 7 Oakland Residents Occupy State
      Administrator's Office

      Come down to the OUSD Administration Building immediately to 1025 2nd Ave.
      (10th Street and 2nd Avenue) to show your support.

      BREAKING NEWS O'Connell FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      3.1.05
      Contacts: Kali Akuno (510) 593-3956 Michael Siegel (510) 289-3318
      Fannie Brown (510)610.0107
      Oakland Community Members Currently Occupying District HQ To Demand
      Meeting With State Superintendent Jack O'Connell

      Parents, educators, and activists stage sit-in to demand restoration of
      local democratic control of the Oakland schools Oakland, CA.

      As of 3:45 p.m. today, Tuesday March 1st, seven Oakland residents began a
      sit-in in the office of the state administrator of the Oakland schools
      when their demand for a meeting with State Superintendent of Public
      Instruction Jack O'Connell was refused. The group plans to remain in the
      office of appointed state administrator Randolph Ward until they schedule
      a meeting with Superintendent O'Connell or they are arrested. At the same
      time, dozens of concerned Oakland residents are preparing to rally at the
      steps of the Oakland Unified School District administration building at
      1025 2nd Avenue in Oakland in support of the group's demands.

      "We do not recognize the current district leadership as legitimate," says
      Kali Akuno, an Oakland-based educator who is currently part of the sit-in.
      "We call on Superintendent O'Connell to restore democratic control to
      Oakland's public school system." As part of their action today, the
      coalition issued four demands for Superintendent O'Connell. They are:

      1. The immediate restoration of local democratic control over the Oakland
      Unified School District;
      2. No school closures and no charter conversions;
      3. No layoffs; and
      4. An immediate meeting with State Superintendent of Public Instruction
      Jack O'Connell to discuss the implementation of these demands.

      Michael Siegel of the coalition, also sitting-in, continues: "Recent
      actions by State Administrator Randolph Ward to close schools without
      community input, to open our campuses to private school and charter school
      corporations, and to threaten the complete shutdown of our adult education
      program only further our resolve to resist this hostile takeover until
      Oakland parents, educators, and community members can once again decide
      how best to educate our children, youth, and adults."

      The community coalition includes parents of Oakland Unified School
      District students, educators, high school students, and representatives
      from Youth Together, the Oakland Education Association (OEA), the Million
      Worker March, the American Federated County State and Municipal Employees
      union (AFSCME), Oakland Parents Together, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement,
      and Education Not Incarceration. For more information contact spokespeople
      Kali Akuno at 593-956 or Michael Siegel at 289-3318.

      Summary of Today's Action: Demands; What the State is Trying to Do; Next
      Steps

      Four demands for Superintendent O'Connell.
      1. The immediate restoration of local democratic control over the Oakland
      Unified School District;
      2. No school closures and no charter conversions;
      3. No layoffs; and
      4. An immediate meeting with State Superintendent of Public Instruction
      Jack O'Connell to discuss the implementation of these demands.

      What the State Administration is planning on doing to Oakland schools:
      1. Shut Down Adult Education Department that serves 25,000 students
      2. Shut Down Six (6) more Oakland schools.
      3. Transform 8 Oakland elementary schools into charter schools, run by a
      top-down outside organization "Education for Change" that would be
      directed by until last week, Kevin Wooldridge, who was, until last week
      assistant to the State Administrator.
      4. Lay off 200 Elementary School and Middle School Teachers
      5. Cut a large portion of the remaining art and music teachers from
      Oakland elementary schools (50 teachers)
      6. Lay off a significant number of the already understaffed Middle and
      High School Counselors (47 Counselors)
      7. Cut a significant number of High School art and music teachers (30).
      8. Cap Teachers' Health Care Benefits

      Next Steps:
      Tuesday, March 8th, 6-8PM at the First Congregational Church (2501
      Harrison Street) Oakland Coalition to Defend and Improve Public Education
      will be holding a large Town Hall meeting of around 1,000 people.

      Tuesday, March 15th, 4PM a major rally at the Oakland State Building (1515
      Clay Street) is being called for by the Oakland Education Association.
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      Education not Incarceration Coalition
      http://www.ednotinc.org

      "Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like
      hopes springing high, Still I'll rise." Maya Angelou
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