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Outsourcing and the future of Oakland Unified’s “service economy”

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The Oakland school board spent more than two hours last night discussing its priorities and ideas for improving the local schools, especially those serving low-income children, while cutting $27 million or more from next year’s budget.

They covered a lot of ground, from teacher quality (Hodge) and support and the need for more academic rigor in some of the district’s high schools (Spearman) to the possibility of using existing parcel tax money to boost the salaries of teachers who are in their first five or 10 years at OUSD (Kakishiba), to the pros and cons of outsourcing school services, rather than providing them in-house (Yee, Spearman). Continue Reading