Hanging out with Munck teachers and Denise Burroughs (right), Munck's Principal
Today was a National Day of Action called by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, a day to declare our schools safe spaces for all students and families, regardless of the Trump agenda for education, immigration, or any other threat his agenda may pose for Oaklanders.
The Oakland Education Association invited board members to visit schools and hang out with teachers and parents for a "walk in," rather than a walk-out.
Munck parents, including Nikki Hai (right, above), were very appreciative of the message that our schools will continue to be welcoming and safe places for Oakland families. The board recently passed a resolution declaring our district a sanctuary district, and I was proud to provide leadership, along with Director Torres of District 5, and with a lot of help from Parents United for Public Schools to come up with the language and rally the community organizations to be involved.
Carl Munck has some of the longest-serving teachers in OUSD.
Tomorrow during inauguration, we expect many of our students to "walk out," rather than walking in, but I'm proud of the commitment to social justice in our city and our school district, and proud that our district is committed to safe schools for all Oakland families, whatever may be coming our way from Washington.
It is a scary time for immigrant families and many others. It is scary not knowing whether Title 1 funds that districts like Oakland rely on will continue to exist, but I have faith that our community will come together to weather the storm for our students, and I'm honored to be serving our city and our students at such a difficult time.