GO Board Watch: March 9, 2016

Oakland Data, Budget Watch, and Early Childhood Education

Welcome to Board Watch for March 9, 2016. The Oakland Unified School District Board of Education discussed the 2015-16 Strategic Regional Analysis, heard the second interim budget report, and held a public hearing to “sunshine” the Oakland Education Association’s early childhood education proposal.

Check out the full agenda and read more about these topics below.

2015-16 Strategic Regional Analysis

Editor’s note: this item was delayed

District staff presented the 2015-16 strategic regional analysis (SRA) at Wednesday’s meeting. According to the executive summary, the SRA “is a factual, data-driven, key planning document” that “details the current state of school performance, demographics, enrollment patterns, school programs, choice, and capacity by region, and identifies the gaps for each”. 

The SRA contains information in nine sections:

  1. Regions & Schools holds basic information on the distribution of schools and school types across five defined regions: Central, East, North, Northwest, and West.
  2. School Environment contains details on environmental stress factors present near school sites.
  3. Demographics & Enrollment contains information about enrollment patterns and projections, with a particular focus on transition grades (5-6 and 8-9).
  4. School Performance contains information about schools’ academic outcomes, as measured by a series of California Department of Education metrics.
  5. School Choice/Assignment/Enrollment contains information about where parents and guardians prefer to send their students, and how those preferences compare to actual assignment.
  6. Live/Go Patterns – District-wide contains details on the geographic areas in which students are enrolled, focusing on whether students are attending a school within their region and how far they travel to get to school.
  7. School Programs details the distribution of a variety of district programs across school sites, including early-childhood education programs, high school pathways, newcomer programs, and more.
  8. Building Conditions contains information about interior and exterior facilities surveys for both district and charter schools.
  9. Teacher Retention breaks out by region and school the rates at which teachers have historically remained at their school sites.

For more information, find the executive summary and the staff presentation at this link.

Second Interim Financial Report

District staff presented a second interim budget report for the current fiscal year, as well as any increases, decreases or transfers concerning the budget through January 31st of next year.  

According to the interim report:

  • In general, the district continues to see a structural surplus, with ongoing revenues exceeding expenses.
  • The unrestricted general fund ending balance is currently $15.8 million.
  • Overall revenue is up $0.57 million from the first interim report, largely due to an average daily attendance (ADA) increase of 151 students from the first interim.
  • The district’s work to get up-to-date on its audits has reduced OUSD’s financial exposure, allowing staff to recommend that this report be certified “positive.”

To learn more, see the full report here.

OEA-OUSD Contract Reopener: OEA’s Early Childhood Education “Sunshine” Proposal

When the Oakland Education Association (OEA) and OUSD ratified their new contract last year, the groups agreed to reopen contract areas related to Early Childhood Education at a later date. On March 9, the union presented its “sunshine” proposal for that contract area in a public hearing. 

The union proposal identified eight goals for the negotiations:

  1. Develop a clear understanding of, and the parameters for the Teacher-in-Charge position.
  2. Compensation:
    1. Increase Teacher-in-Charge compensation.
    2. Ensure compensation for additional duties.
  3. Address safety conditions.
  4. Clarify duties.
  5. Ensure equity at all sites.
  6. Provide a retirement incentive.
  7. Clean-up/edit/format language including, but not limited to, the ECE salary schedule and appendices.
  8. Assure developmentally appropriate student assessment.

You can find the full union proposal here and OUSD’s proposal, presented in December, at this link.

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