The Oakland Unified school board is expected to vote tonight on closing or merging more than a dozen schools this year and next.
Dozens of students, educators, and parents drove to the homes of directors Sam Davis and Shanthi Gonzales on Thursday night, calling on them to reconsider the plan.
Community members made their voices heard at a contentious school board meeting on Monday night, and at protests this week. The school board could make a final decision next week.
District officials say closures and consolidations are needed to balance OUSD’s budget, but some parents and directors are adamantly opposed.
Enforcing the vaccine requirement this year would have likely pushed nearly 3,000 students out of school.
The students pledge to continue their protest until OUSD provides better testing at all schools. The teachers union is also calling for improved safety measures.
Oakland Unified School District has had student absence rates above 20% in January.
With omicron surging, over a thousand students have signed a petition calling on OUSD to do more to make campuses safer.
The school board will vote by the end of the month on the reductions, which will impact school sites and central office staff.
With Oakland’s school board under pressure to make major reductions, we set out to answer questions about school finances, and provide resources for more digging.
Amid a spike in COVID cases, some educators are pressuring OUSD to provide weekly testing and KN95 face masks.
The biggest education news in 2021 was undoubtedly the reopening of schools during a pandemic.
District leaders emphasize the need to increase salaries, but OUSD also faces declining enrollment and attendance, which means less revenue.
Educators say libraries should be a basic part of every child’s school experience. But Oakland Unified has struggled to maintain them for decades.
The Sojourner Truth program previously served a couple hundred students with flexible schedules and in-person instruction. It’s been replaced by Zoom schooling for over a thousand.
Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley has opened an International Track for non-French speaking 6th-graders to achieve fluency by the end of 8th grade.
Most OUSD students 12 and up will need to be fully vaccinated by Jan. 1 to continue going to school in person.
The private school offers a track for bilingual Spanish-English speakers, as well as one for English speakers to learn Spanish.
Declining enrollment and heavy reliance on one-time funds has imperiled the district’s finances, county Superintendent L.K. Monroe warned.
Oakland Unified is getting ready to implement its reparations resolution for Black students, and wants to hear from the public. Here’s how to participate.