Oakland Negotiations Over Distance Learning Details Heat Up

With the first day of school just weeks away, negotiations with the teachers’ union over what distance learning is going to look like are heating up in Oakland. 

While the Oakland Unified School District announced its decision to start the school year with distance learning earlier this month, some details are still undecided, such as when kids will need to log on with teachers, and for how long each day.  

Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association, is demanding an agreement be reached by next Monday. 

“The lack of leadership in OUSD administration on this issue is leaving our students, families and all OUSD staff with too many uncertainties,” Brown said. 

The Oakland teacher's union wants a 2 hour daily maximum for live instruction, while the school district is pushing for more.   

A 3rd grade teacher at an Oakland charter school told KCBS Radio that she needs flexibility, so she can take care of her own preschool aged son. 

“I will also need sufficient time for planning and preparing my lessons, so am I hoping they will be somewhat understanding and flexible with that,” she said. 

In a statement, OUSD said it continues to work with the teacher's union to reach a compromise.