Ever since I started covering this beat, people who follow OUSD goings-on (including school board members) have complained that they have only a vague idea of what Expect Success is, other than a punchline for district critics.
They knew the district was spending millions of dollars in private funding on the initiative (or platform, or project, or slogan, or whatever it is), but the specifics remained a mystery.
At a 5 p.m. special meeting tonight, staff plans to unveil the inner-workings of Expect Success for the board, the audience and the government access television-viewing public: What it is; how much remains of its $43 million budget (very little) and where the money has gone; which mega-foundations have donated what; and which consultants are paid from it.
You can read up on it yourself, if you’d like. It is part of a broader report on OUSD goals for the coming school year under the new, interim supe.
And here are some other upcoming happenings of note:
- Oct. 1: Small Schools Financial Analysis. The superintendent’s/board’s plan, linked above, lists small schools under a list of initiatives to be re-evaluated (Page 22), so this might be one to watch.
- Nov. 5: Analysis of the district’s school funding model, Results-Based Budgeting, known as RBB, which is praised by some and loathed by others.
- October to December: community forums with a focus on small schools and RBB
- November through December: community forums about the search for a permanent superintendent
- January 2009: advertisements go out for the superintendent search
- April 2009: selection of Oakland’s new, permanent superintendent