Monday Briefing: Oakland teachers are back at work; Peralta chancellor cuts early retirement deal

OUSD Trustee apologizes for putting her hands on teacher's throat


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Oakland school board member Jumoke Hinton Hodge with her hand on the neck of an Oakland kindergarten teacher last Friday.

Stories you don't want to miss for Mar. 4: 

1. Oakland Unified School District and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement Friday to end the 7-day strike. On Sunday night, the teachers union ratified the agreement, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The deal includes an 11 percent wage increase for teachers over the next 3 years and 3 percent bonus received after ratification of the contract. $$ 

2. News of the resolution last Friday did little initially to tamp down on the contentiousness of the week-long strike. Members of the teachers union attempted to block OUSD trustees from a board meeting last Friday night. In the tussle, School Boardmember Jumoke Hinton Hodge was seen on video with her hand on the throat of a kindergarten teacher. Hodge later apologized, NBC Bay Area reports. 

3. The contract Oakland teachers successfully negotiated is just another in a growing line of large school districts around the country winning public support for their cause and gaining beneficial deals, Nico Savidge reports in the San Jose Mercury News. $$ 

4. Peralta Community College Chancellor Jowel Laguerre will receive an early retirement package equal to 10 months of his $300,000 annual salary and a year and a half of benefits, Phil Matier reports in the San Francisco Chronicle. $$ 

5. The California presidential primary is one year away. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times looks at what has "been gnawing at the state’s psyche. When it comes to presidential politics, we’re more backbencher than behemoth." 

6. Oakland District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid was hospitalized for three days last week after undergoing a procedure on his heart and it is once again raising questions whether the 22-year council veteran is nearing the end of his long career, the East Bay Citizen reports. 

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