It’s taken the better part of a decade, but the Oakland school board — not the state superintendent — will finally, once again, call the shots. Tonight, the board approved an agreement to restore local governance to the district, six years after the fiscal crisis and state takeover of 2003.
The transfer will be made official on Monday, two days before Tony Smith assumes the superintendent’s post. You can find the news release here. (I would have told you earlier, but I’m on vacation until Tuesday; I was out to dinner with my family in Chicago when I got the news.)
Many have been waiting for this moment. How do you feel about it? What do you hope the board does (or doesn’t do) with its new authority?