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…
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.
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.
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.
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