It’s for the kids…
At least 15% of public school teachers participated in the violent protests yesterday in California. Several banks had their windows smashed, a Wholefoods store was attacked and the Oakland Port was shut down during the mob attacks.
The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed one teacher.
Elementary School Teachers earn around $60,000 a year in the Oakland area.
That does not include benefits.
At least 15 percent of Oakland teachers took today off to participate in the Occupy Oakland general strike, the school district said. A little more than 300 teachers missed work to join the strike, said Troy Flint, a district spokesman. The district won’t know exactly how many didn’t come to work until later today, Flint said….
Gretchen Bailey, a kindergarten teacher at Global Family School in Oakland for 15 years, said she took the day off without pay to protest both local budget cuts and the national goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
“I think we need new tax laws,” she said. “We all need to share more of the burden.”