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Oakland teachers strike to protest school closures

Oakland teachers are holding a one-day strike Friday to protest the district’s plan to close seven schools and merge or modify others.

Many students and families are joining teachers outside schools. The district asked students not to attend classes because they did not have enough substitutes to cover during the walkout.

The teachers union says the district violated a labor agreement by not consulting with teachers, students and staff before announcing school closures.

The district says the strike is illegal. The district filed for an injunction with the state’s Public Employee Relations Board to try to block the action but was denied.