How would you rate Oakland’s superintendent, three years in?

photo by D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group

After three years, Tony Smith can no longer be described as Oakland Unified’s new superintendent. Still, he’s said the systemic changes outlined in OUSD’s strategic plan — approved a year ago — will take several more years to take root.

We have a profile of Smith in the paper today — and we’ve just posted an online poll on his leadership¬†and on his community schools vision that I invite you to take.

What’s the most important thing Smith has done so far? What decision disappointed you the most? If he accomplishes one significant thing in the year ahead, what do you hope it is? What advice would you give him?

Please remember to keep your comments civil, free of name-calling and personal attacks.


Oakland’s Lakeview Elementary, unoccupied

Staff Photojournalist
Lakeview photos by Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

Lakeview Elementary School was supposed to close at the end of the school year, but families, teachers and local activists who opposed the Oakland school district’s decision to close schools kept it open for two and a half weeks longer. They turned the school on Grand Avenue into a summer program and overnight camp, complete with movie night (“Star Wars,” shown in the school auditorium) and s’mores, history lessons and gardening class.

And protests.

Staff Photojournalist

I was planning to stop by today for a day-in-the-life-of piece on the People’s School for Public Education, but Oakland School Police beat me to it. Around 4 a.m., the officers ordered about 15-20 people sleeping outside the school, including two children, to leave. The dispersal was peaceful. Two people, including organizer Joel Velasquez, were cited and released.

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