A longtime educator, Lerma will join the board at a time when district officials are faced with balancing the budget and stabilizing enrollment.
Hundreds demonstrated and scores were arrested in one of the largest acts of Jewish civil disobedience in Bay Area history.
Tensions are running high within OUSD. Some say taking a stand is urgent, while others worry about community members feeling alienated.
Student leaders also want more education on the Israel-Hamas war and a chance to have discussions about it in class.
Oakland Unified is opposing a policy change before the California Public Utilities Commission, saying it could disincentivize green energy projects.
Oakland school officials must figure out how to make the district sustainable, in the face of rising costs and declining revenue.
The community organizer is one of two candidates in the Nov. 7 special election for the District 5 seat on the OUSD board.
The former teacher and principal is one of two candidates competing in a special election to fill the vacant OUSD District 5 seat.
The OUSD board unanimously approved an agreement allowing Cox Academy to use the state funds. Also, a new report describes serious problems at American Indian Public Charter School.
In recent weeks, safety concerns have forced OUSD schools to cancel instruction. Community members are pushing district officials to take action.
Teachers and students at Cox Academy, a public charter, have dealt with leaky classrooms, an aging play-structure, and flooded basement.
A majority of the school board is opposed to closures, but an agency recommended them to help the district improve services.
Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez and Jorge Lerma were told they didn’t qualify to run for the vacant District 5 seat due to confusion over district boundaries during the signature-gathering process.
With a vacancy in District 5, the Oakland Unified School District board will have only six voting members until a special election in November. The first public meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 9.
School district leadership applauded substantial raises for teachers but the board will need to make tough budget decisions or face insolvency.
Cox Academy in East Oakland could get around $30 million to fix the building it rents from OUSD—but the school board has to approve it first.
The school board says it’s forced to slash planned renovations at some schools to pay for the rising costs of others. The district has been criticized for its handling of school bonds in the past.
The tentative contract agreement must still be ratified by OEA members and approved by the school board. Classes will resume Tuesday.
OEA and the district are reporting some progress with negotiations, but haven’t indicated when the strike could end.
OUSD Board President Mike Hutchinson said some of the issues fall outside of the OEA contract. But three board members are calling on the district to bargain over them.