Posts by Tag: OUSD budget

OUSD Principals Weigh In – Top Five Departments for Cuts

By Carmelita Reyes
My name is Carmelita Reyes, and I am the Co-Principal of Oakland International High School and also serve on the GO Public… Read More

Breaking Down the OUSD State Relief Bill

On Monday September 17, Governor Jerry Brown signed Education Trailer Bill AB1840.

The headline for this bill is that the state will be providing OUSD with $30 million over three years to help spread out the pain of the district cutting that entire amount all at once. This money is not a loan, but does come with the expectation that OUSD will continue making improvements on overall budgeting and not need more relief in the future. We put together a quick video explaining the bill—check it out and read the details below.

Will OUSD Have Another Round of Midyear Cuts?

The number one question our network has been asking this fall is whether or not schools should expect to see another round of midyear cuts. The good news is that as of last night, the answer appears to be that they should not be expecting cuts to their 18-19 budgets.

ED Corner: OUSD’s Budget Status—It’s Complicated

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jessica Stewart. I’m a former OUSD teacher, organizer, mom of two young kids (one of whom is headed to kindergarten next year!), and one of the founding members of GO Public Schools. I’ve been working with GO for a decade since we started organizing in the Fall of 2008. This past June, I took on the role of Executive Director of the Oakland team.

VIDEO: OUSD Budget Cuts Update

I’m back from paternity leave and excited to keep help keep the GO network engaged on OUSD Budget Matters! Check out my first video, and see below for relevant links to learn more.

Quick Summary: Grand Jury Report on OUSD

The Alameda County Civil Grand Jury chose to examine some of the underlying issues responsible for the district’s continuing financial issues. They reported in June… Read More

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).
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