I noted with a bit of surprise this morning that Mayor Ron Dellums was one of the few non-school board politicians who made it to the 8 a.m. board meeting to discuss the transfer of some powers back to the Oakland school district.
Even state superintendent Jack O’Connell, whose office runs the school district, skipped the meeting and headed straight to the press conference at Franklin Elementary School.
Maybe he felt he had heard and said enough.
Either way, his absence was enough to prompt school board member Greg Hodge to wonder aloud if the whole transfer-of-powers announcement at Franklin Elementary wasn’t merely a bit of “political theater.”
If so, it was a well attended show. At Franklin, the front of the room was packed with local and state officials — even the city auditor — who smiled and applauded as the cameras rolled.
Maybe Hodge was right. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first act.
What do you think this step will mean for education in Oakland?