At Wednesday night’s Oakland school board meeting, there were few empty seats and dozens of people with speaker cards to discuss the several adult education programs that may be cut. Adult education, however, was not on the agenda and the board did not make any comments regarding any cuts.
Instead, the board approved to deny the charter renewal for East Oakland Leadership Academy High.
Philip Dotson, acting director of the Office of Charter Schools, read the report highlighting why the charter should not be renewed for EOLA based on figures developed over the five years the charter has been in place.
Some of those points included:
- Failure to meet enrollment target of 200 students and is under-enrolled.
- Currently 54 students are enrolled in grades 9-12; the most enrolled in one year was 67 students last school year.
- Failure to retain students.
- Failure to maintain a 95 percent attendance rate.
- First two years of charter met this qualification but remaining three years averaged 93.1 percent.
- Not accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, although the school is scheduled for a WASC visit March 17-20.
- The school lacks a visible leader.
- The API scores gradually decreased in three of the four years, although scores last year significantly grew.
Although individual students have benefited from attending EOLA and the school as a whole has made progress in improving math scores, the evidence against them was enough to elicit a vote to deny the charter, which will officially end on June 30. Continue Reading