News Alert: Updates on Oakland Schools

We have three important updates for you on what’s happening in Oakland schools:

STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS

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Tomorrow, October 18th, Superintendent Antwan Wilson will present his State of the Schools address titled, “One Oakland: Coming Together for Our Young People.” The address will review the significant progress Oakland schools have made, as well as Superintendent Wilson’s plans to continue that progress. The address begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Oakland High School auditorium, 1023 McArthur Blvd.

You can watch a Facebook live feed of the event here. We will also be live-tweeting the event – follow us @GOPublicSchools and join the conversation.

NEW DUAL LANGUAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

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At this time, it is expected that the superintendent will recommend for Board consideration the opening of a new Dual Language Middle School as part of the district’ Strategic Plan implementation. The enrollment window for the school starts in December of this year. The efforts to establish the dual language middle school were led by Katherine Carter, who worked on a community-driven design process for the school during her year at GO as a Resident in Education Leadership. For more information, contact Katherine Carter at katherine.carter@ousd.org.

MADISON PARK ACCREDITATION PROGRESS

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For those of you following the accreditation issue at Madison Park Academy (MPA), a district-run school, there appears to be significant progress being made in behalf of the impacted seniors. The school is now WASC accredited, ahead of schedule and due to much effort and flexibility by all parties. The President of the University of California has issued guidance to the various UC campuses that MPA graduates should be treated as students from other accredited California high schools. However, this is guidance and there is work to do to make sure students are being fully reviewed.

We look forward to hearing more about the additional services being provided to the campus such as counseling supports, financial supports for test preparation, and 1-to-1 guidance through any other barriers that might exist due to this unfortunate occurrence.

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