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Oakland schools chief lays out priorities

By Katy Murphy
Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 12:14 pm in finances, OUSD central office, Tony Smith.

“Mandatory extended student learning” (after school, Saturdays and during the summer), improved working conditions and support for teachers, college prep courses for all students, and violence reduction efforts are among the proposed strategic priorities outlined in this document, which will be discussed at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

The 5 p.m. meeting will be held in the multipurpose room at Chabot Elementary School in North Oakland, 6686 Chabot Road (off College Avenue in Rockridge), instead of at the usual spot. 

Also on the agenda is the timeline for budget cuts and potential school closures. Three other big issues the board will address in the near future are:

  1. the district’s school based budgeting system, Results-Based Budgeting
  2. how to spend certain streams of money – such as the adult education fund – that no longer must be spent on those designated programs
  3. how to spend Measure G, the permanent Oakland school parcel tax.

In fact, the board is discussing those things tonight, in a special meeting at the district office. More on that soon.

For now, what do you think about this proposed set of priorities? I noticed that teacher compensation isn’t explicitly included as a retention strategy, for example. Should it be?

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  • TheTruthHurts

    Katy, unless I’m missing something, there’s no “Print” or “Email” button for these articles. It would help me and probably help you (with syndication) if there was one.

    Printing this page gives a bunch of “unnecessary” Archive and category links from your sidebar.

    Just a thought.

  • Katy Murphy

    I know, I’ve run into the same problem when I’ve tried to print an entry.

    I’ll forward your suggestions to the people who update the blog software periodically to see if there’s a fix for those things.

  • harlemmoon

    Kudos to Smith for saying all the right things.
    But when does the real work begin?

  • cranky teacher

    “Schools ensure regular teacher collaboration to
    plan instruction for success of each student.”

    This is one of those easy lines that if you really work inside these schools you know is just SOOOOOOOOO much easier said than done. And how ironic, considering that the district is hardballing the teachers to cut elementary school prep time.

    If teacher training, collaboration, and the new push for “individual education plans” for ALL students, not just special ed, were as much a priority as we hear, school would have to be dramatically re-engineered so that teachers spend less time with students — or are paid for significant amounts of overtime.

    There are simply only so many hours in the workday and most of them are spent with the students.

    One problem I see is that nobody wants to admit that a big function of schools is CHILDCARE. Otherwise, we could have a shorter workday and the kids could do a lot more independent work, at home or in tutorial settings.