UPDATE: After the 8 a.m. meeting at the district office, the group heads to Franklin Elementary School, 915 Foothill Blvd., for a press conference.
I returned from vacation today to hear some important Oakland school district news: After four years under state control, a slice of democracy is in sight.
At 8 a.m. Monday at the OUSD central office, the state superintendent of public instruction is scheduled to meet with school board members, the state-appointed administrator and some state lawmakers to hash out the details of an agreement that would allow the board to have authority over its “community relations and governance.”
The announcement is scheduled for 9 a.m. The whole event, of course, is open to the public.
Community Relations and Governance is one of the five operational areas (The others are personnel, finance, pupil achievement and facilities) that has received relatively high marks on Oakland’s periodic progress reports by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team. But, to the dismay of some board members, state superintendent Jack O’Connell has kept the area under state control.
Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for O’Connell, says the timing of the development has nothing to do with a related bill making its way through the state legislature. AB45, which will be heard by the Senate Education Committee at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, would force O’Connell to relinquish state authority over certain areas if the district makes enough progress on its FCMAT reports.
I’m not clear what the new arrangement will look like, logistically speaking. It will be interesting to see how much latitude the board will have in shaping policy without control over pupil achievement, finances or personnel.
What are your thoughts?