March 1, 2019
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Resolution in OUSD Teachers’ Strike
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent Tony Thurmond today commended the work of officials from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the Oakland Education Association (OEA) for their roles in reaching a tentative agreement to end the teachers’ strike at OUSD.
The OUSD strike lasted seven days, and began after earlier contract talks stalled. Thurmond has been in communication with officials from both sides to assist in finding a resolution, and was involved in negotiations for several days, including overnight sessions. Mediating in a strike is not a typical role for a State Superintendent; however, Thurmond was compelled to take a seat at the bargaining table to show continued support for teachers.
“I commend all parties involved for finding a way to work together to make things better for our students, and I applaud everyone who works to provide an education for all of our students. I especially thank Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who personally supported many meetings, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff, and Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan. I am glad that I was able to have supported the parties in identifying a solution.
I am also committed in the coming years to continually work with districts, the Governor, and Legislature on identifying new and permanent funding sources to help districts lower class sizes, increase staff, and support students, teachers, and parents throughout the entire state.”The tentative agreement came after another all-night negotiation session. The OEA is expected to have a member discussion and ratification vote after a 24-hour period for full review.
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Tony Thurmond —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100