Facing $20 Million Deficit, Oakland School Board Votes to Slash 100 Jobs

Oakland Unified says it has run out of options to close its $20.2 million budget deficit. It will now slash 100 positions, from teachers to administrative staff.

Wednesday’s vote comes on top of school closures and mergers that are already planned for next year. Further cuts and closures are expected in 2021.

The district has blamed its financial troubles on declining enrollment, the state’s Local Control Funding Formula, and recent hikes in teacher pay. Some parents and students have expressed skepticism. One fifth grader told CBS News that the cuts feel “traumatizing.”