OAKLAND, Calif .– Teachers in another city plan to hold a ‘work stoppage’ on Thursday to protest what they say is a lack of safety during the ongoing coronavirus wave – despite the district receiving money for federal government security.
the Chronicle of San Francisco reported that some students are also considering going on a ‘strike’ in solidarity with the teachers:
Oakland schools brace for the illness of another teacher less than a week after a group of teachers forced the closure of 12 campuses by calling in sick to protest working conditions during the wave of ‘omicron from the region. The district was already struggling with absent educators due to COVID and a shortage of substitutes.
Some students are also expected to make themselves sick Thursday and circulated an online petition last week threatening to “strike” by not attending school starting next week if the district did not meet school requirements. safety similar to those stated by teachers.
The teachers already organized a “sickout” last Friday. Teachers in San Francisco followed suit on Jan.6, echoing teachers in Chicago, who closed schools for several days as they protested what they claimed were unsafe working conditions.
California received $ 15.3 billion in American Rescue Plan Act relief funds from President Joe Biden in 2021 to spend on school safety and coronavirus testing. On its own, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) received $ 130 million from the law, which gave states and school districts until the end of September 2024 to spend the money. The cash injection was in addition to other relief provided by state and federal governments to help schools meet the challenge of safely reopening.
In total, Oakland has received approximately $ 283 million from state and federal governments to deal with COVID. But only part of the money was spent on security and coronavirus testing. Instead, district officials came up with a variety of other spending ideas, including “repairs” for black students and “summer retreats.”
Ultimately, the Oaklandside reported, only about $ 11 million of the $ 100 million of COVID funds allocated for the 2021-2022 school year was spent on COVID security and testing. The rest went to “Saturday school, summer apprenticeship, mental health and restorative justice programs, credit recovery options for students who are about to graduate, and graduates. investments in literacy support, such as para-educators and reading tutors ”.
California is currently experiencing its worst coronavirus wave of the pandemic, thanks to the infectious variant of omicron.
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