Teachers have a new contract in Oakland, but it comes with a big cost.
The Oakland Unified School District said it has to lay off more than 100 people to get its finances in check and help pay for the teachers’ raise. Among the layoffs are case workers who help students in foster care. Now those workers worry about what that will mean for many at-risk students.
There are more than 200 foster care students in the district, officials said. If there has been one source of stability for those kids, the foster youth program has been it. Without the program, case workers now worry foster kids will be suspended and other might drop out.
NBC Bay Area’s Melissa Colorado examines the new challenges students face and how the district is working to secure funding for the program in the video report above.
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