Oakland School Board Accused of Retaliation Against Teacher Who Reported Violence

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OUSD Board member Jumoke Hinton Hodge (Facebook).

A petition is calling on the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to reinstate a kindergarten teacher whose position was not renewed when she spoke out after being attacked by a school board member.

Kindergarten teacher Darnisha Wright was choked by OUSD board director Jumoke Hinton Hodge during a teachers strike on March 1. Teachers were picketing a school board meeting during which members were scheduled to vote on cutting $21.75 million of OUSD’s 2019-2020 budget that would help pay for teachers’ raises, according to the East Bay Times.

The attack was caught on video and shared on Facebook, where it went viral. After Wright complained to OUSD about the attack, her position at Markham Elementary was not renewed, the petition claimed. It was unclear if Wright was fired or assigned another position at the school.

“[Wright] is a highly qualified African American teacher dedicated to…

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