Some Hard Truths About Oakland Teachers

Based on some comments posted on yesterday’s blog about the Oakland teachers’ union threat to hold a one-day strike on March 24, it’s clear that there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there. For starters, the City of Oakland has nothing to do with teacher salaries. Teachers are employees of the Oakland Unified School District, which is a completely separate legal entity that gets its funding from the state, not the city. So the city has no say in how much teachers make. And thus comparing teacher salaries to cops’ salaries, as some commenters want to do, is ridiculous, because they’re paid by different entities.

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