"Teachers are fed up with the poor working conditions and salaries, and with the learning conditions that our students are having to endure," Keith Brown, the president of the Oakland Teachers Association, said in a statement. "We are fighting to end Oakland's teacher turnover crisis and to bring stability for our students. We demand a living wage, lower class sizes, and increased student support."
After each of the two years, both reading and math scores of the kids who'd been taught by specialists were worse than those who'd been taught by a single teacher. Even the low-stakes science tests scores were worse. More troubling: suspensions and absences were suddenly higher in the schools that tried platooning. The most vulnerable students were especially harmed. Special needs students scored three times worse on high-stakes tests and two times worse on low-stakes tests compared to students who were taught traditionally.