Meeting Time: February 14, 2024 at 4:00pm PST
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Q.-1 23-2308D Adoption by the Board of Education of $13.5M of reductions and adjustments balancing the 2024-2025 District Budget, upon consideration, choices among twelve (12) Superintendent of Schools or designee(s) recommended budget balancing solutions, delineated herein, and/or other considerations, including further direction to the Superintendent or designee(s). (First Reading)

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    Elizabeth Pauw at February 14, 2024 at 3:18pm PST

    Please do not eliminate our Interpreters. Besides being required by law, we need them so that we can appropriately support our families and students. Why don’t we cut some of our top heavy administrative positions, instead of making cuts that directly hurt our students?

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    Linda Selph at February 13, 2024 at 8:18pm PST

    As a community member, D2 voter, and OUSD speech language pathologist, I strongly oppose the cuts to our district interpreters. The current need for interpretation and translation already exceeds our current staffing. To reduce the interpreters further would make it much more difficult to hold IEPs on time and with full informed consent from families. Other bilingual staff members and phone interpretation are an inadequate substitute for our highly trained OUSD interpreters.

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    Joshua Umana at February 13, 2024 at 3:01pm PST

    Im in Chicano studies at skyline high school and this class has been good and the teacher is always there to help you out if you need it.

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    Alexander GuizarMartinez at February 13, 2024 at 3:00pm PST

    I personally love are community and know everyone in are community loves it as well. Are communities helping us in everything really are mental health are grades where we are specifically in life. And guides us through that journey all the way LMB is not just a program but a family LMB has really changed me life for the better the program is bigger then it looks its great being apart of this community and i love being apart of it. This is the main reason i went to the school i chose specifically to be apart of LMB.

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    sebastian jimenezmendoza at February 13, 2024 at 2:59pm PST

    as a student of the Latino men and boys program I oppose this from happening to the latino programs and workers throughout ousd. i am part of the latino men and boys community in skyline high. Latino men and boys program really helped me in keeping up with my work and it gave me support that I needed during tough times and the teacher it's like a counselor who's there when I need to talk to someone when I need it

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    Jonathan Hernandez at February 13, 2024 at 2:59pm PST

    The latino men and boys program at Skyline High School has had a significant positive influence on me as a senior in high school and citizen of Oakland by offering resources and support. The program helps students successfully navigate the educational system by providing academic support services including tutoring and mentorship. Additionally, by recognizing latino heritage and providing kids with a means of connecting with their cultural identity, this curriculum promotes a sense of belonging and cultural pride. This program gives students the tools they need to reach their full potential, gain confidence, and develop the skills and resilience necessary to excel in school and beyond by fostering an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. In the end, the program is vital to advancing equity and guaranteeing that every student, irrespective of their background.

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    gabriel vargas at February 13, 2024 at 2:57pm PST

    i think that we should still have the ousd latino advocacy because it helped me do work and its also helped me learn more about my history.

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    Christian trollinger at February 13, 2024 at 2:53pm PST

    As a oakland resident and senior in highschool I have been greatly impacted by the latino men and boys program here at skyline high school by providing support and resources. The program offers academic assistance, such as tutoring and mentoring, to help students navigate the educational system effectively. Additionally, this program fosters a sense of belonging and cultural pride by embracing latino heritage and giving students a opportunity to connect with their cultural identity. By creating a supportive and inclusive environment, this program empowers students to achieve their full potential , build confidence, and develop the skills and resilience needed to succeed academically and beyond. Ultimately, the program plays a crucial role in promoting equity and ensuring that all students, regardless of their back round, have access to the support and resources they need to thrive in highschool and beyond.

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    Jesus Leon at February 13, 2024 at 2:52pm PST

    How Chicano studies have impacted me is by being able to find where I belong as well as who am i in my own culture along with other people like me. This class has given me someone I can trust as well I can count on who could help me in my everyday life at school. This class also provides someone who could help in the work that we are giving in school as well as time to be able to do it and help from them and my classmates. I've always enjoyed this class ever since I got introduced to it back in 8th grade, this helped me develop as a person and who am i in my culture as well as helped me socialize with others who are like me and be part of a community. In my honest opinion, this class is something that I never thought I really needed but later on, having this class, I realized that it is something everyone like us should have, and should be available to everyone not just people like us.

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    Jason Jones at February 13, 2024 at 2:50pm PST

    I took a Chicano Studies class during my junior year of high school, and it had a significant positive impact on me. As a Mexican-American, I had always been interested in learning more about my cultural heritage and history, but it wasn't until I took this class that I truly began to understand and appreciate the struggles and triumphs of my ancestors. Through the readings, discussions, and projects in the class, I gained a greater sense of pride and connection to my identity as a Chicano. I also developed a deeper understanding of the social and political issues facing the Latino community today. Overall, taking this class was a transformative experience that helped me feel more confident and empowered in my own skin.

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    Mohamed Taleb at February 13, 2024 at 11:34am PST

    As a current Oakland resident, OUSD graduate, current parent and one of the many generational families who have family currently attending schools in districts 1, 2, 3 and 5, I strongly oppose the proposed budget cuts to translators/interpreters and necessary OUSD staff. They have been successful in filling the resource gaps among non English speaking, multicultural families. If anything, OUSD should be increasing the budget. Surprisingly, when the district is infamously horrible with their decision making, they moved the needle towards a good direction. Don't go the other direction with these budget cuts. These interpreters and OUSD staff members are alums, are from the communities they serve, parents of OUSD children and so on. They are the best advocates for bridging resource gaps and advocating for students and family needs which in turn increases literacy rates, attendance and overall engagement with schools and district. We should strengthen our resource foundation, not gut them.

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    Susana Aguilar at February 13, 2024 at 11:05am PST

    As a bilingual community member, parent and OUSD alumni. I urge you to please not eliminate translation services. This is critical for our already under served community. This would be a disservice to the students and families who rely on interpretation to communicate any issues and supported needed for the students. OUSD you need to do better. Interpretation is in reality understaffed. Thank you

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    Kaitlyn Eubank at February 12, 2024 at 4:05pm PST

    As a member of this community, I firmly believe that interpreters play a vital role in promoting understanding, collaboration, and meaningful participation in the educational process for our families of diverse backgrounds, especially for our students with IEP’s. Cutting interpreter services would undermine the educational rights of students and also perpetuate systemic inequalities and discrimination. We need to prioritize equity and inclusivity in education by ensuring that linguistic and cultural barriers are addressed effectively with our district interpreters who have specialized knowledge and skills in interpreting for educational needs and IEPs