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Occupy Lakeview Elementary School – Closed by Oakland School District

Posted 12 years ago on June 14, 2012, 11:03 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

thousands gathered in oakland
Occupy Oakland gathered in front of Lakeview Elementary School last November

via Occupy Oakland

WHERE: Lakeview Elementary School, 746 Grand Avenue, Oakland CA 94610
WHAT: Sit-in Protest To Reverse Closures of Oakland Public Schools
WHEN: Beginning Friday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. PST
WHO: Teachers, parents, students, allies, and all who believe in public education

At the end of this school year, the Oakland Unified School District plans to close five public elementary schools and hand children’s school buildings over to private charter schools and district administration offices. Hundreds of the displaced students have been placed by the district in elementary schools that are 10 miles away, and the school district has offered no guarantee that transportation will be provided for families. In response…

Oakland Parents and Teachers Are Sitting-in to Keep Neighborhood Schools Open!

We Need Your Support!!!

On June 15th, after the last day of school, Oakland parents and teachers will sit in at Lakeview Elementary demanding that the district keep all neighborhood schools open. The district has not listened to lawsuits, pleas from parents and teachers, or protests. We know the money exists, but still they insist on closing flatland schools serving predominantly black and brown children. We say no more excuses! We’re keeping the schools open the last way left to us, by sitting-in. But we cannot do this alone. We need your support! Demand the district and the politicians give us full funding for quality education in neighborhood public schools. Join the fight for our kids’ futures!

We demand:

  • Don’t Close the 5 Schools! Keep All Neighborhood Schools Open! Children’s Needs Before Administration’s!
  • Stop Attacks on Teachers and School Workers! Teacher Conditions=Student Conditions.
  • Refuse to Pay the Unjust State Debt!
  • Fully Fund Quality Public Education for All Students!

Support the People’s School for Public Education:

Friday 6/15 @ 1:00pm – Community Speakout & BBQ Friday 6/15 @ 4:00pm – Rally to Kick-Off Sit-In Saturday 6/16 @ 2:00pm – People’s School Solidarity Rally Every Night starting Friday @ 9:00 – Solidarity Watch

Join our work committees to organize for this action – Email education4the99 [at] gmail.com to get involved!

On Monday, the 18th, we will be starting a free, week-long social justice summer program for our kids – Email education4the99[at]gmail.com for more info and to enroll your child.

Spread the word – Tell your friends and family!


The following are the Principles Of Action for Lakeview Elementary. This is a parent, teacher, and student led action. Please respect and abide by their principles:

  1. Refer all interviews to parents, teachers, and people directly impacted by education struggle who are on a sit-in committee (they will be wearing a special shirt).
  2. Do not confront the police.
  3. No Black Bloc tactics.
  4. No Drugs or Alcohol. This is intended to be a children and family atmosphere.
  5. No Violence No destruction of property.
  6. People sitting in will be people directly affected by education struggle and who work on a sit-in committee (wearing special shirts).
  7. This is a peaceful action.

For more information, and to get involved: and education4the99.wordpress.com



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[-] 1 points by writerconsidered123 (344) 12 years ago

make it a homeless shelter

[-] 1 points by 99oneofus99 (20) 12 years ago

Handing the school over to private schools will be for the best.

It's like people ignore how horrible CA schools are.

[-] 1 points by infonomics (393) 12 years ago

Does California still have the worst public schools in the nation?

Specifically, I refer to this video on youtube: Pt 1 - First to Worst: California Education Funding



[-] 0 points by danai (0) 12 years ago

Lakeview School has been around for slightly under 100 years. It is in the "trendy" district of Lakeview, at Lake Merritt, and was targeted as being the BEST place for OUSD administration to relocate their offices. Of course! It is a school with about 450 students, and OUSD has seen fit to keep a smaller school, Burckhalter, with only 100 students, open. Many of the Lakeview students and most of the teachers will go to Burckhalter School, its "sister school." The administration would NOT want to relocate to that location. The deficit amount that was used to justify CLOSING Lakeview was only about $2 million. OUSD's budget to expand Burckhalter with portables was approximately that same amount. This all boils down to real estate envy, and the students are paying the price.