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Town Hall on Saving Public Education in Oakland from State Defunding, 3/26/11: photos and audio
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On March 15th, 538 of Oakland's teachers, counselors, librarians, and social workers were notified that they may lose their jobs. On Saturday, March 26th, the Oakland Education Association (OEA) teacher's union responded by holding a town hall to establish consensus between teachers, parents, students and elected officials so that solutions can be found and implemented to avoid the potential massive layoffs and disruption in Oakland schools. Mayor of Oakland Jean Quan; State Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, 16th District; State Assembly Member Nancy Skinner, 14th District; Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District; and Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of Alameda County Schools were present and expressed support for finding new streams of revenue given the large cuts to education expected at the California state level, traditionally the source of up to eighty percent of the budgets for local public schools. Invitee Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, did not attend. Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of Oakland City Hall, including both balconies, were packed with teachers, parents, students, and supportive community members who expressed their frustration and apprehension. Seven points of agreement were reached between nearly all present. [Full audio below.]

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