Who will be picked to join OUSD’s new task forces, and how?

There’s been plenty of interest in Tony Smith’s strategic plan for the Oakland school district, its multitude of task forces, and his calls for broad civic involvement. When someone asked Smith after the Waiting for Superman screening how people could support the local schools, he suggested they read the plan and consider joining a task force.

Fine, but how do you get on board?

Jonathan Klein and Ratna Amin of Great Oakland Public Schools advocacy group wrote a letter to Smith and the school board this month, outlining their concerns and questions about the district’s outreach. How will the members of the task forces be selected, and who determines the process? Will parents and teachers be represented on every committee? What’s the status of the portal for community members to provide feedback directly to the superintendent?

GO Public Schools has set up its own public portal to update people on what’s happening with the Strategic Plan. It has some helpful info on each committee and what it does.

In the letter, Amin and Klein also invited task force leaders to explain the process to the community. Tim White, Chris Chatmon, Kimi Kean, Ash Solar and others have apparently accepted the invitation; they’re listed on the agenda. The Great Oakland Public Schools workshop is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Jack London Aquatic Center. Click the above link for more information and to RSVP. I’ll try to go.

Troy Flint, the district spokesman, said to e-mail him (troy.flint@ousd.k12.ca.us) or Ash Solar (ash.solar@ousd.k12.ca.us)  if you’re interested in joining one of the task forces.

Here’s the list:

  • Empowering and Ensuring Effective Teachers
  • Effective Principals and Leadership
  • Core Curriculum for College and Career Readiness
  • Full Service Community Schools
  • Regional Governance Team
  • Options and School Choice Inquiry
  • Results-Based Budgeting
  • Regional Neighborhood Zone Approach
  • Quality Community Schools Development

Katy Murphy

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