Stop closing public schools, especially in poor neighborhoods. We need to quit destroying public schools by giving our resources to charter schools. The board has been captured by donations from charter school supporters.
This plan puts a band-aid on a hemorrhage and does nothing to address the real problems OUSD is facing. It’s completely unrealistic and throws our most vulnerable students under the bus by relying on gentrification to magically the inequities in our schools. Vote NO.
I oppose this plan, which would continue the process of closing our neighborhood schools and make yet more district property available to hand over to charter schools. I have taught in East Oakland for 14 years. I know that our students and their families want and need the district to put resources into district schools so that we can provide the quality that they deserve and you claim you want to provide. Reject this proposal, stop the budget cuts, and fund the schools we already have!
Please vote yes. We need a cohesive system that smartly stewards resources across both district and charter schools with equity at the forefront. This plan is a strong step in the right direction to establish a clear, shared understanding of a quality school and make decisions about what benefits all students. District and charter schools should be held to the same standards to deliver for all Oakland students.
Vote NO. We are not “a Community of Schools" or "1Oakland” or other trendy slogan. We are a public system that is responsible for all students and governed by an elected board, next to a charter industry sector that is responsible for only some students and governed by multiple private corporate boards that are free to disregard the public system’s rules. Given these inherent contradictions, pretending that the two can be fused into a unitary entity is delusional and will harm students.
I support a YES vote on the Community of Schools City Wide Plan. We must get to work coordinating the many aspects of this plan and begin building a unified system of public schools that holds both district and charter leaders accountable for increasing quality, equity, and sustainability.
Please do not approve the city wide plan. It will further damage lower income communities by closing schools. This only increases inequality.
Vote NO. The district does not have the power to close charter schools, so this plan will result in closing district schools and losing more students and $ to charters. OUSD cannot afford this. We (district and charters) are most assuredly NOT in this together. Charter schools refuse to take their fair share of higher needs students, and they continue to open more and more schools, while OUSD makes plans to CLOSE district schools that serve majority students of color in East Oakland. No equity!
Vote yes on the Community of Schools City Wide Plan. I believe in a society that is fair and just and where everyone, especially our children, are provided the opportunity to realize their full potential - we can't lose any more time. We must get to work coordinating the many aspects of this plan and begin building a unified system of public schools that holds both district and charter leaders accountable for increasing quality, equity, and sustainability.
Vote NO on the Community of Schools City Wide Plan. Part of the teacher strike demands was to NOT Closing down schools without proper research as to the effects of school closure to the neighboring community. Why are we closing public schools and opening charter schools? why not stop opening any school and start addressing the needs of the students in schools underperforming?
We need to engage families dso that we ensure students impacted by school consolidations have access to better quality schools. But, we must take the necessary steps to reorganize our resources and focus on improving quality across the map. Students and families in the heartlands of our town need quality schools now. Under-enrollment makes it hard to provide the staffing and resources needed for success. Let's make sure we right size our schools to get students and staff what they need.
This policy is another step increasing privatization and inequity in Oakland public schools. I believe in fairness and equity in public education -- and this policy moves us away from that. The best way to have oversight of charters is to welcome the ones that are serving Oakland students well into the district -- AS district schools.
I think the lofty goals are commendable, but unless and until Charter schools are compelled BY LAW to do the things requested in this proposal -close charters that do not meet standards, not open more charters, serve their fair share of high needs students, pay their fair share of district overhead and maintenance costs- then I do not feel the Charter School Association can be trusted to do the right thing, since their goal is to make money -and so I say vote NO.
Last week over 100 OUSD teachers wrote ecomments opposing this policy, I stand with them. This policy will hurt our most vulnerable children.
This plan is thorough, thoughtful, and looks in reality at how to get to a sustainable place in our district.
This plan is flawed and irresponsible. First and foremost it is blatantly inequitable - period. It is a "throwing in the towel" position on improving flatland public schools in OUSD. It makes clear that the board is NOT interested in what is in the best interest of Oakland students. And, it is a transparent attempt to undermine free and equal public education in Oakland in favor of privatization. It is heartbreaking and shameful that our school board refuses to listen to the voice of the people.
As a district who professes that equity is a core value, I cannot understand how a plan to close schools that will overwhelmingly impact African American and Latino students in East Oakland is even up for consideration. OUSD will not save a significant amount of money. You would do better to move the district offices out of Broadway.
This plan would tear apart communities, result in an increased exodus to charters, open up additional space to charters. It’s basically failure by design.
Vote yes on the Community of Schools City Wide Plan. I believe in a society that is fair and just and where everyone, especially our children, are provided the opportunity to realize their full potential- we can’t lose anymore time. We must begin to get to work coordinating the many aspects of this plan and begin building a unified system of public schools that holds both district and charter leaders accountable for increasing quality, equity, and sustainability. Thank you!!