OUSD’s former special ed director dies at 64

Phyllis HarrisAs some of you might have heard, Phyllis Harris, the Oakland school district’s former director of special education, has died. She was just 64, and passed away Dec. 15 “after a year-long battle with cancer,” according to her obituary, which was published last week.

Harris left OUSD in October of 2007 to become the Deputy Chancellor of Special Education in Washington, D.C. In September of 2008, she took a leave of absence. I believe she moved back to Oakland, where she died.

My condolences to her family.

Katy Murphy

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

  • harlemmoon

    Rest in peace, Phyllis.

  • Turner

    Rest in peace, Dr. Harris.
    Condolences to her family.

  • educate the future

    Rest in peace Phyllis thank you for all that you did. You were respected and loved.

  • kingston

    RIP. Condolences to her family.

  • Anne

    I very much enjoyed working under her principalship at WALC in Pasadena. The teachers used to go out with her for dinner on Friday nights, and there was a great deal of laughter and unwinding after a long weeek. We all made for a happy team together. We called it Camelot. I miss those days.