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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.