Update: The final vote was 27-12 — more than two-thirds approval.
Oakland Unified’s local control bill secured a victory in the state Senate this afternoon, netting at least 25 votes (two votes were still out as of 4:30 p.m.) when it only needed 21, said Amber Maltbie, the communications director for Assembly member Sandre Swanson.
But the bill is not bound for the governor’s office yet. Because it was tweaked in a Senate committee this summer, it needs to return to the Assembly first. Maltbie says that will probably happen early next week.
I wonder if government teachers are using Assembly Bill 45 to explain the legislative process.
It sounded so simple back in December, when the newly inaugurated Swanson introduced a bill that would force an immediate return of local control to OUSD’s elected board.
The bill has since become much more nuanced. It would still make the state superintendent transfer authority to the locals – but gradually, depending on auditors’ annual progress reports. It also allows the state superintendent to take back powers over certain areasif the district slips too far on its progress reports.
The most recent change, made in July, added some strong language about fiscal oversight:
However, the Superintendent would be prohibited from returning authority over the operational area of fiscal control to the governing board until he or she concludes that the school district is a going concern and no longer poses a risk of reverting to policies and behavior that would require the state to provide the district with an emergency loan.
A “going concern.” I don’t think I’ve heard that one before.