Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith and his family weren’t home on Tuesday evening when the anti-school closure rally at Lakeview Elementary moved to his house. They didn’t hear chanting demonstrators demanding that he reopen the closed elementary schools or quit his job, though they might have seen a sign left on his front porch that he was ruining OUSD. (KTVU documented some of it.)
In an interview last month, Smith told me that some of that some of the behavior in Oakland that “passes as activism” is actually bullying. I imagine he would put a rally outside his home, where his two elementary school-age children live, in the same category.
Would you, or do you think that’s an appropriate and/or effective action?
OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint said today that many Oaklanders are encouraged by the district’s direction under Smith, “although they might not go to the lengths of protesting in front of people’s houses.”
“He’s not going to be intimidated into changing course because he knows what’s necessary to create a school district that’s sustainable and that will work for all students,” Flint said.