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Nima Tahai

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OUSD Budget Update

On May 7th, from 2-8pm the OUSD School Board will hold an open meeting retreat to discuss the current status of the 2017-2018 budget and the plans for the 2018-2019 budget.  We see the board’s retreat as an important opportunity to further support OUSD’s commitment to fiscal vitality. We encourage our network to stay engaged in the important topics that will be discussed at this meeting, and to reach out to your school board members…

OUSD’s Financial Challenges Persist

According to the most recent budget updates, OUSD is projected to end this school year below the state-mandated 2% reserve, partially due to an additional… Read More

Oakland School Board Adopts Nationally Recognized Budgeting Framework

As a former Oakland Unified principal, I know that our school district is not perfect. But my North Star as a leader – for my students, teachers, and the district as a whole – was always asking if we were improving and learning from our mistakes.

Last night, OUSD took a step toward meaningful, long-term financial improvement. In a 7-0 vote, the Oakland school board passed a resolution
naming that the district would adopt and implement the Smarter School Spending Framework, a financial framework endorsed by a nationally-recognized leader in public finance, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
Will Oakland be taken over by the state again?

In the coming weeks, the Oakland school board will likely vote on over $15.1 million in mid-year budget adjustments for this current school year. While most Oaklanders rightly worry about the immediate impact on students, we should also be worried about possibility of returning to full state receivership.

Students to Start Benefiting from Measure G1 Funds

While there are many cuts in the 2017-2018 budget passed by the Oakland school board last week, one source of new funding for middle schools is Measure G1. District-run middle schools will receive approximately $1.3 million for art, music, and world language programs. 

Measure G1: Giving and Taking Away Funds

Money given to schools and later taken away is never acceptable. Earlier this year, schools in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) had funds frozen and… Read More

Three Asks of Our New Superintendent: Budget Transparency, Accountability, and Plan for Improvement

As a former principal in OUSD, I knew that one of my most important responsibilities was managing my school’s budget to best serve the needs… Read More

Measure G1: Meet the 5-person Oversight Committee

On April 12th, 2017 the school board named the five person Measure G1 oversight committee.  
The oversight committee will be responsible for advising the school… Read More

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