The first reading of the Oakland school district’s 2011-12 budget proposal happens at tonight’s 5 p.m. board meeting (Catch it live here). So I did some number crunching, building on an analysis from earlier in the year that compared 2009-10 spending and 2010-11* budget estimates.
You’ll find the combined totals toward the bottom of the spreadsheet, with the changes over time highlighted in blue. If you notice any errors, please let me know so I can fix them.
*Note: The district’s estimates for 2010-11 have changed since the February budget presentation. I’ve included both sets of numbers for the current fiscal year.
You might have noticed that the budget for professional development and curriculum would be half the size that it is this year. It can’t be a coincidence that the district is overhauling its Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction department — which “wave” would this be? — though few details have come through official channels about the reasons for the reorganization, how many jobs will be eliminated, and how it will work. Maybe it will come up tonight.
Betty Olson-Jones, the teachers union president, said about 20 teachers-on-special-assignment who are part of that department got May 15 consolidation letters, and that they might be reassigned to the classroom. I’ve also heard that staff in that department had to reapply for their jobs.
Olson-Jones said Maria Santos, the deputy superintendent for instruction, leadership and equity-in-action, told her she wanted to move quickly after the teacher convention to change the way the district does professional development. While teachers had many suggestions for improving PD, Olson-Jones said, “Teachers didn’t say to destroy the LCI department,”
“I can’t figure it out,” she said. “They only thing they’ve told me is they need to reorganize the department to align it with the strategic plan.” (Which, she noted, has yet to be approved by the school board.)
Do you understand what’s happening? Tell us about it.
Here is the full budget presentation. Skip to page 14 to find the OUSD budget info.