The Oakland school board meets Wednesday for the first time since June 27. During a quick scan of the agenda, a number of items caught my eye:
Kitty Kelly Epstein, from the mayor’s office, presents the findings of the Mayor Ronald Dellums task force on Education & Community Learning. Among many other ideas, the report calls on city leadership to “Challenge NCLB and the Accountability Regime.” (I wonder how OUSD’s leadership will view that recommendation, as many of the district’s reforms are closely linked to student data.)
It looks like the board will actually vote for the first time in years — on a delicate subject. It will consider a new by-law relating to investigations of board members who may have violated legal, ethical or professional standards. This seems to be linked to an ongoing district inquiry of Chris Dobbins and his relationship with a 17-year-old student. The list of violations named in the proposed by-law includes “unprofessional or inappropriate relations with students.”
District staff is recommending the approval of a new charter high school, East Oakland Leadership Academy. It would open with 50 ninth-graders in the fall of 2008 and then add a class each year. It’s currently a K-8 school located on Seminary Avenue.