O’Connell calls (stealth) press conference in Oakland

jackoconnell.jpgThere’s an important press conference at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Crocker Highlands Elementary School. State superintendent Jack O’Connell is making some kind of announcement, and it might be about giving back two major areas of governance to the Oakland school board.

But don’t tell anyone about it. I think it might be a secret.

I’m a bit confused, since members of the press are usually informed about press conferences. (I actually learned about the event from a parent.) A spokeswoman from the California Department of Education confirmed that an announcement will be made tomorrow morning, but she wouldn’t say what it was.

I’m sure we’ll be invited, eventually.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Brian Marion

    As of 5:23 PM there is no announcement up on the OUSD or the CDE web site regarding this stealth press conference.

    However, below is the text I received on another email group. This annoucement purports to be from Troy Flint, OUSD District Spokesperson that was emailed out earlier today:

    Oakland Unified School District Press Advisory

    For Immediate Release

    State Superintendent of Instruction O’Connell to Announce Partial Return of Local Control to Oakland School Board

    Oakland – Nov. 29, 2007 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell and David Kakishiba , President of the Oakland Board of Education , will host a press conference on Friday morning to disclose the process for restoring local control of the Oakland Unified School District. The event, scheduled for 9:30 AM at Crocker Highlands Elementary, will highlight the steps leading to the return of the Oakland school board’s governing powers.

    In 2003, the State of California assumed control of the Oakland Unified School District in return for a $100 million emergency loan. As part of the agreement, a State Administrator was appointed to run the District and the Board took an advisory role. In July, the Board reacquired control of operations related to community relations and governance. This week, a report released by the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), recommended that the state consider restoring local authority over Facilities and Personnel Management as well.

  • Brian Marion

    Crocker Highlands — where the heck is it?

    Go to Lake Merritt. Then Find Lakeshore Ave. Head towards the hills of Piedmont. Turn right righ on Longridge Road. Just like it’s name, follow Longridge way up until you run into a small Oakland Elementary school.

    That is Crocker Highlands.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks, Brian. I forgot to include the address, but directions are even more helpful.

  • John

    That’s a very nice picture of Jack O’Connell! What a handsome Govenor he’ll make! In the mean time the sooner he restores OUSD governance to the locals the sooner he’ll be eligible for more local votes. But how about his hair? I’d prefer a little more curl.