Update: Dobbins did apologize — to the student and her family, to the board, to the rest of the school community — and said he was wrong. He also said that he had good intentions, and that there was “no inappropriate contact.”
The Oakland school board meets tonight for the first time since calling for the resignation of Chris Dobbins. According to the terms of the censure (no committees, no appointments), the board is pulling Dobbins from the Chabot Space & Science Center board of directors and replacing him with David Kakishiba, board president.
Maybe Dobbins will apologize to the public tonight. Maybe not. Last week, after a report detailing his relationship with a 17-year-old former student was read aloud, the board member said he wouldn’t step down. He said he made an error in judgment, but that the board’s action was unfair.
Also tonight, district staff present a back-to-school report that includes enrollment (40,084) figures, construction project costs, a test score analysis and a staffing update chock full of pie charts and line graphs.
Although just over 300 teachers left the district, there were a total of 503 vacancies — some, because of internal transfers. As of this week, 18 remained.
Another interesting tidbit: 15 of Oakland’s new teachers came from Spain and Mexico.