Oakland mayor on teachers strike, budget cuts and Raiders

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sat down with KRONon‘s Terisa Estacio to talk about the teachers strike, the Raiders, homelessness, afforable housing and more.

Teachers and students are back to school this week after a seven-day teacher strike. 

Now, $22 million is being cut from next year’s budget to increase teachers pay. This means programs could be cut from school curriculums. 

“And so while the strike is over right now, as a community we need to try and make sure that some of the cuts that need to be made don’t impact kids,” Mayor Schaaf tells KRONon. “So I have put forward at least a partial restoration of the restorative justice program in the city’s budget for consideration and I’m going to call on other partners to make sure students don’t lose that critical program.”

There has also been a lot of discussion on where the Raiders will play next season. Reports say the Las Vegas-bound team could end up playing the 2019 season in Oakland. 

The mayor says there’s “very encouraging news about a potential lease for one and possibly two more years of the Raiders playing in Oakland.”

To hear more about whether the Raiders will play in Oakand next season, watch the full interview on KRONon.

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