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Brookfield is just not a school to us it’s our family. I went there as I child and my son went there also the teacher always been helpful with the children why take this school from our community. Brookfield has so many good things going on with the children take they time with our children and teaching them education and giving them tools for life to use I pray you guys hear the community out and please save our school
Brookfield Elementary School is a place where all students are welcomed and feel safe and at home. Taking this away takes a place of security and home for students. Brookfield welcomed me as a teacher and welcomed me with open arms. Please do not take away a place that is essential to a healthy community.
Taking away this school and replacing it as a charter school will not only hurt the staff but the community. Brookfield elementary is not just a school, it’s a foundation of a big family where we all grew up on. Taking away that family bond will disrupt and destroy a lot of great opportunities for everyone. I feel and demand that you should leave it as is. There are many charter schools in the areas at least meat keep one regular school as it should be. Brookfield is not just my community but it is also my home , birthplace, and more. Let it be and leave it alone. Keep the legacy as is.
Please leave Brookfield Elementary school alone. They're already enough character schools in this area.
Please leave Brookfield as a elementary not a charter school. I remember walking those halls. Dont test down the foundation. Mrs. Larry was the best 5th grade teacher ever.
STOP TEARING DOWN OLD OAKLAND we understand some is best to fix but leave people HISTORY ALONE.........WHATS THE REAL REASON?? ITS BEEN THERE FOREVER TEAR IT DOWN JUST FOR (ANOTHER) SCHOOL🧐🧐
Keep Brookfield elementary brookfield. Why tear somthing down that isnt broken
We don’t need anymore charter schools. Improve the public schools we have now.
Do not turn Brookfield school to something its not.Ive lived n Brookfield all my life and it's been 3 generation to attend Brookfield school its apart of are community
No charter schools in are community. I’ve lived here 49yrs. my kids and my parents attend Brookfield elementary school.
Brookfield elementary, shud stay Brookfield elementary
Help them get to St. Jarlath! They want a private space.
Me and my parents went to Brookfield school and I plan on my child going there one day but if it’s converted into a charter school I wouldn’t want my child there. We are a family/community and we don’t want the change
As a teacher in OUSD, I am appalled that this is even under discussion right now, in the midst of this crisis. It has been clear from the get go that closing schools will save very little money, and that there is very little thought to the negative impact it has on our communities.
No school closures, no co locations! Especially during this uncertain time, You are taking advantage of the state shut down! The way New Orleans public schools were taken over by charters after the chaos of Katina! You are perpetuating the Shock doctrine!!! You are selling our schools short!!! WE SEE YOU!!!!
We will not allow any other school in our neighborhood ✊🏾 It will be a lot of pressure on any school if that happen .
NONE OF YOU ARE GOING TO ADDRESS ANYTHING ABOUT THAT EXTREMELY RACIST PUBLIC COMMENT?
No school closures, no co locations! Especially during this uncertain time, we need to give our students and their families more stability and support than ever!
" oppose" THE SCHOOL IS THE HEART OF THIS BROOKFIELD COMMUNITY AS AN ADVOCATE FOR EMPOWERMENT...WE NEED TO BRING STRUCTURE BACK!!
In this time of severe national crisis, OUSD must not move forward with any plans to close or co-locate any schools in the district. The affected communities have no ability to give feedback on the proposals and our communities have much more urgent needs upon which to focus. Our students need stability, not further disruption to their educational journeys.
Let Ms West Speak! She is a Brookfield community member! STOP silencing our community.
Brookfield elementary... The heart of brookfield... as an Alumni, there's no way this school should close. Great staff, guidance, mentors & a safe-haven... Keep Brookfield put.
As former student of Brookfield Elementary I am not supporting this .That school means something to me and I have children that now attend that school.
As an alumni, I can attest to the importance of Brookfield School. This community deserves the teachers and staff members that have spent decades pouring endlessly into our children. This school is such a vital piece of the makeup that helps Brookfield to thrive. The children in this neighborhood deserve these teachers and to keep their school! OUSD needs to take responsibility for their shortcomings and level the playing field. These schools in neighborhoods like Brookfield do not need to close. They need support through proper allocation of funds, adequate resources and programming that is on par with schools in more affluent Oakland neighborhoods. Closing this school will create extra barriers for parents that are already stretched thin. Our children and our neighborhood should not be treated as dead weight; something to throw off a sinking ship. OUSD needs to fix the larger problem. This is not the way.
Brookfield runs deep in the community. This school belongs to the community. Stop pushing our youth out and invest more into the school.
The co-location of a charter would not help this school. Just stop it! Brookfield Elementary is full of culture that needs to remain and teachers that have dedicated their lives to this school and their students. To replace it or locate a charter school to the premises is a slap in the face to the community and it will not benefit the kids.
This is not the time for co-locations. It's never the time since they are so disruptive to existing schools and make education a competitive system which is not how to improve caring-based systems (schools do NOT operate the same way as businesses). But especially in times like this families, students, and educators need stability and need to know that their school will be there, untouched, when we all return. Do the right thing! No colocations!
Ousd has forgotten many of Brookfield Elementary Village students that continue on to college and became successful and return to Brookfield Village Elementary School to say thank you in many successful ways:
because they say without the village along with the school where would I be so closing a community school many of our students wouldn't have graduate from UC Berkeley , Stanford , UC Davis , East Bay UC, College of Alameda , Laney Chabot, Merritt nursing and a host of many other and University. Once you take a community school away from the community you take a person Legacy out of their life.”
I have been working for the after school program at Brookfield Village Elementry for 6years now and the children in the community that go to the school really need our programs, activities and the resources we provide because it gives them a since of belonging as well as a safe environment for the to explore and learn new things while their away from home. The extra love the school provides is a necessity.
As a former student of Brookfield Elementary I am opposed to the closure of this educational institution. This is a rare facility built off of the love of the community. I remember learning how to play the flute , being on the traffic squad, and learning from a diverse group of talented professionals. This is a school that enhances the community and should stay as such . What will happen to the safety all of the children that are now forced to catch the bus or walk to a new school further away from home ? Please consider this statement in your final approval.
I grew in the Brookfield community and it made me who I am today, I think relocating schools for charter schools will heavily discourage the youth in the community and give them less of a chance to stay true to who they and what makes Oakland so great
As an alumni of Brookfield village elementary of almost 10 years ago, it will be a disservice for Faculty, Teachers, Students, and community members to close/Co locate this wonderful institution! We are in a pandemic at this time, and if the district really CARED about pouring into the youth, they would continue to keep schools, like Brookfield, who have been a beacon light in the community for years, OPEN! Also, the public school experience is much more impactful than charter because it allows our students and staff to develop their own ideas and freedoms without having to be confined to strict rules and guidelines of a charter!
I’m a former student and Brookfield resident and I oppose for the closure of Brookfield elementary and replace with a charter school
Brookfield elementary is an important, foundational institution for the children in the community. To replace it will be disgraceful in an ominous time like this.
I stand with Brookfield families! I strongly oppose the co-location of Charter schools on our public schools. These moves have never supported our Oakland students, and if you continue to allow it, especially now during this global pandemic, you will guarantee more suffering to our Oakland communities. The community is well aware that the closing of public schools hurts the students the most. Everyone around the country is looking to leaders for help. Will OUSD continue the path of suffering for our Oakland families? STOP ALL SCHOOL CLOSURES AND END CO-LOCATIONS NOW.
Brookfield Elementary is a community school that deserves more than co-location. Community schools are the heart of Oakland and cannot continue to progress and support their families and staff with limiting space and resources. Brookfield and all schools in Oakland deserve more, especially during this global crisis. Stop co-locations and closures.
Hello, I oppose this dedication. The kids of the Brookfield community need a school in their community that they can attend and feel at home. More work shall be put into Brookfield and not trying to create a shared space or closure of the Original Brookfield. Where will the Kids of the community then go? Why does the City of Oakland continue to drive out the people of the neighborhoods and create spaces for people not of the community. I am opposing this as a 2001 alumni of Brookfield Elementary. The kids deserve their space. They are already out of school due to Covid-19 and to take this from them will break many families hearts. Please reconsider this decision. Thank you.
Brookfield VILLAGE... this community has alot of heart and identity. Don't kill it.
It is irresponsible, disgraceful and heartless to continue school closures and co- locations during a global pandemic! OUSD should be focused on the immediate needs of our community and not on permanently closing or Cole locating schools!
STOP CLOSING AND CO-LOCATING CHARTERS ON OUR CAMPUSES!
I have been a Special Educator in OUSD for 14 years. Bringing a charter school onto Brookfield's campus is not only harmful to the student, teacher and staff population, but it is also not prudent as we are in the mist of a global pandemic. Families have enough to worry about financially and emotionally. They do not need the extra stress of their child's school being co-located by a charter school or closing completely. Please allow Brookfield students to continue to be proud Brookfield Lions, invest in the students by keeping the school open and reject the charter school proposal.
SAVE BROOKFIELD ELEMENTARY!
NO MORE SCHOOL CLOSURES
Our students deserve STABILITY during what is already an extremely stressful time for our entire community. OUSD do not move forward on making decisions about school closures and charter colocations, especially right now during this global pandemic! Please do the right thing and do not move forward with co-locating or closing schools, our students are counting on you!!
To try to pass the plan to co-locate an established neighborhood school with a charter is not only unfair to the families who are fighting the worry of the pandemic, it is unethical. Is this truly the OUSD way?
I stand with Brookflied Familes! I am writing to oppose the colocation of Brookfield and Francophone. Charter colacations disproportionately affect students with special needs. We lose classroom space, testing space, intervention space, and spaces for mental heath support. I urge you to stop colorations and I demand you stop harming kids with learnings disabilities! #NoCoLocations
We are in the middle of a global pandemic and we cannot be moving forward with decisions that further fragment and destabilize our already suffering community and students
Voting to close or co-locate neighborhood public schools during a pandemic when the community is already concerned about their health and well-being is both tone deaf and morally bankrupt. This Board should be ratifying resolutions right now to reinvest heavily in flatland schools which are going to have students whose families will suffer the largest physical and economic toll during this crisis. Give our students dignity and keep these schools open!
As a teacher at Brookfield for 24 years, please stop the co-location/closure of Brookfield Elementary. We are a TRUE community school, and OUSD should support us if it truly believes in schools that actually serve the community. Not outsiders.
Especially, during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC... It is truly heartless. Moratorium on all school closures!! Invest in community schools, stop selling them.
I support Brookfield parents and the Oakland community. A moratorium on school closures (Blueprint) and charter co-locations is the appropriate thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. Energy and resources must focus on the health, safety, housing security, and technology and food access for our students and families. The country now sees the importance of community schools. Stop the co-location on the Brookfield campus. Re-think the Blueprint. Social distancing may be the new norm and we need more time to examine our use of facilities.
I am writing to oppose shool closures and the displacement of black and brown students, especially for our students with disabilities. We need stability at this moment!
Stop giving our schools away to charters! Much of the “un-used” space IS being used by intervention students, SPED students, and other students who NEED their classrooms and schools to stay open and available for them.
I am writing in support of families and students who are facing co-locations or permanent closures during this crisis. Our students have had enough disruption and uncertainty. Please delay these decisions until families can be engaged in a meaningful way.
I am writing to oppose any efforts to push through plans to either close or co-locate any of the Ousd public schools! This is a moment of crisis for so many in our society, especially many of the students and families that depend on our schools. They offer a degree of stability in often unstable situations. How can there be any meaningful community engagement around these questions when their are so many people who are doing their best to manage this crisis, whether health concerns, loss of income and more? No school closures! No collocations!
A moratorium on school closures and co-locations is the most prudent thing to do given these extraordinary circumstances. This is particularly true when the entire community is under the stress of this pandemic. You, school board, should seek to minimize parent, student, and teacher stress which is at an all-time high at present. You were elected to do the right thing. What you do at this critical time will be remembered. Please do the right thing at this pivotal time in our nation's history. NO SCHOOL CLOSURE OR CHARTER CO-LOCATION!
Many of our students and families have lost their jobs, barely have food to put on the table, and are terrified by the current crisis we're in. They need stability, not a heartless endless attack on their schools. The idea that OUSD would continue co-locating and closing public schools during this period is beyond disgraceful. No to all closures and co-locations!
Collocations and closures disrupt the lives and daily routines of some of our most vulnerable students. We are in the midst of a pandemic where students and families lives have been turned upside down. The last thing that they should have to think about is the closure or major changes to their children’s school.
There is no viable reason to move forward with either process. On behalf of our community, I respectfully request that the Directors cease to offer space for collocation and halt the path toward any school closures during this pandemic.
This is a time when we should be coming together in support of families and students, not tearing communities apart. Do the right thing and stop all collocations and closures.
It is heartless and harmful to close or co-locate schools while Oakland copes with this global pandemic.
During my wellness checks to families, we practice English a little, but mostly just ensure students have access to food and are not insecure with their rent. We connect students and families to hospitals, and to support for accessing unemployment. Every single student has told me how much they miss school - and how worried they are for both Oakland, and their home countries. Every time I talk to a student, I end the conversation with a smile, and then crumble into tears. Their concerns and worries are real.
As a newcomer teacher, my students have had incredible disruptions to their education already. Right now, we all need stability. Right now, the community has no way to provide meaningful input - especially if our School Board are not accepting our calls.
OEA and our school community demand a moratorium on closures and co-locations until the end of this pandemic.
Please do even consider school campus closures or charter school co-locations with a public school until this pandemic is resolved. We are all under extreme stress and are worried about family, finances, and health. We can deal with this issue once some sort of normalcy has been put in place. Let's remember where our priorities lie at this moment.
I join other is opposing any school closures or charter co-locations. This is particularly true when the entire community is under the stress of the pandemic. Please don’t add to that stress.