The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance team today recommended that the state superintendent return two more operational areas of the Oakland school district – personnel and facilities management – to local authority.
OUSD’s ratings went up in all five areas, although the financial department is still rated just a 5.3 out of 10 (Up from a 4 last year).
Some quotes from the executive summary:
“The lack of consistency in district leadership and management has affected the district’s direction and the progress of the district’s recovery.”
“The district’s organization has been in a constant state of redesign, resulting in numerous changes in management… The lack of consistency in district leadership and management has affected the district’s direction and the progress of the district’s recovery.”
“The reforms undertaken by the district have not always considered fiscal recovery as the primary goal. The number and speed of these reform efforts resulted in significant system changes with few written guidelines or operational procedures for management and staff to follow.”
“Stability in district leadership is critical.”
“Progress toward recovery could not be made when plans constantly changed.”
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