Right now, the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Education Association (the teachers' union) are working together on a new contract that is an important step towards building the community of teachers and high-quality schools we need in Oakland.
Tonight is the first OUSD school board meeting of 2015! Board members have been hard at work already this year at recent community meetings.
Our GO community extends a warm welcome to new school board directors Aimee Eng (District 2), Nina Senn (District 4) and Shanthi Gonzales (District 6). We also congratulate new board President James Harris (District 7) and Vice President Jody London (District 1). Thank you for your public service and commitment to Oakland's children!
We also welcome mayor Libby Schaaf as she takes office. Mayor Schaaf toured three Oakland schools this week, a "demonstration of where my priorities lie," she told The San Francisco Chronicle.
This is an incredibly important year for Oakland schools. The board, district leadership, and all of us as a community will make decisions and take actions that will impact students for years to come. Over the next few months:
The Intensive School Support process is an opportunity to provide five struggling schools serving 2,000 vulnerable students with needed resources and a strong plan to foster innovation, excellence, and real opportunity for every student.
Last year our community called for a superintendent who would act with urgency to create more quality schools for our families. Oakland has many great schools serving our children and youth. But thousands of students are in schools where most students will not graduate ready for college or career. Their lives depend on access to a quality school.
As School Board President James Harris said at a school meeting last week, "Someone needs to do something different. The kids need us to move forward." We call on leaders at every level to put student needs first, work to strengthen relationships and overcome mistrust, and implement the strategic plan to grow what is working in our public schools. We will work hard to foster transparency and community voice.