These days, it seems, charter school operators had better dot every `i’ and cross every `t’ if they expect to stay in business in Oakland. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but my point is this: The charter school renewal process is hardly pro forma.
The latest example? The OUSD Office of Charter Schools and its external evaluators say Oasis — a small, independent study high school in downtown Oakland — has not lived up to the goals set in its 2004 charter and that its leadership makes excuses for those shortcomings. The district evaluators have recommended that Oasis withdraw its request for a charter renewal and submit a stronger one, along with an improvement plan — or to close by the end of June. You can read the full report here.
You can find the rest of Wednesday’s school board agenda here. I should note that the district’s charter school office is recommending the renewal of two Aspire charter schools — Monarch and Millsmont — this week. Two other charters, E.C. Reems Academy and the Oakland Military Institute, are about to be scrutinized as well. Their public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday.
Do you think that charters should be held to a higher standard than traditional schools?