To prepare for school’s opening, Oakland principals step outside

Here’s my latest Flip camera production and story about Superintendent Tony Smith’s vision for OUSD and a back-to-school bus tour (one of three) for OUSD staff last week. I didn’t make it on the bus — no room! too many administrators! — but photographer Laura Oda and I were hot on their tail, and we met up with a walking tour in West Oakland.

Here’s what we saw and heard:

P.S. If you want to know what region your school is in, check out this map. I understand the regions correspond with those of the Oakland police and the county’s public health department.

Katy Murphy

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

  • Third Grade Teacher

    Great reporting! Thanks for sharing this -it’s inspiring to see OUSD making explicit the home-school connection.

  • harlemmoon

    Admittedly, it was sort of odd to watch principals and other staff “tour” neighborhoods that they were already familiar with.
    Still, it was good to see them out and attempting to learn more and connect with the communities they are duty-bound to serve.

  • Chauncey

    Whats the point? You just gave these people an excuse-they are already apologists for criminal behavior.

    Schools in the Fruitvale and Deep East are just as bad!

    I think this is an example of how education will drop but social services (excuse making in disguise) will rise with this administration.

    Fix education, and schools first! Look at the incident at Laney College. The former president decided to encourage dropouts to attend through a school on campus. Educators and apologist cities such as this work by focusing their efforts on the thugs first, but what do they do? Make excuses for that behavior.

    Ghettos been around for decades and the only thing that has successfully changed hods are gentrification efforts.

    Good Luck./

  • Rose

    omg!!! another way to throw money away! ppl! focus on educating our kids in classroom we already know Oakland is not the safest city. “TEACH OUR KIDS NOW!”