Children from soon-to-close Oakland schools: where they might land

You can say what you like about the Oakland school district’s policies and tactics — say, its decision to close schools — but when it comes to putting out granular data in user-friendly maps and charts, you’ve got to hand it to them.

Below is a series of five maps that show where the children from Lakeview, *Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park and Santa Fe were placed for the 2012-13 school year. At the bottom of each one, you’ll find the percentage of children, by grade, that got their family’s first, second, third and fourth choices.

Student placements after school closure

*Of course, the data for Lazear could well be moot. Parents at that school have a charter application pending, and the OUSD board seems poised to approve it later this month — yet again, despite the recommendation of the charter school office. Why go out of their way to support a new charter at a school they voted to close, just months earlier? It could be in response to an unexpectedly low first-choice placement rate for families that school (49 percent), compared to the other four, especially since most Lazear kids walk to school.

I’ve also asked the district for an update on the Crocker-Highlands enrollment crunch (still waiting!), and whether other schools also turned away neighborhood children. As soon as I hear back, I’ll let you know.

Katy Murphy

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

  • Super

    Go ahead and bust it. Public-sector unions are a scourge.

  • In Shock

    Charters, for the most part, don’t work. I have worked at one and they are not what this community needs. There are a few that are set up to meet specific needs. I believe 100 Black Men will be one of them. The majority, are garbage. What Dr Smith is doing is counter to what works. He is doing what his puppetmasters, Eli Broad and his cronies tell him to do. He is waging all out war on the communities in Oakland and specifically, communities dominated by children of color.

    A nd Super, your comment is so ignorant and devoid of sense of history, it frightens me.

  • Super

    I do not mind if you are frightened. In the aggregate, OUSD is such a disaster that I’ll sign up for just about any effort to change it. Whether status quo or change, I still pay high property taxes and I still plan to move or send my kids to private school when the time comes. So I’ll support just about any approach that might spark a change, particularly the novel.

    As for unions, you get no sympathy here (and much of elsewhere). Private sector? Sure thing. There’s an inherent checks-and-balances between union and business needs. Public sector? You live off the taxpayer and have little accountability for performance. Frankly, tenure/seniority for school teachers is a joke. Like most of the rest of the Western world, if you are good at your job, you keep it. If you are not, you lose it.