Flood shuts down OUSD headquarters

Well, 2013 is not off to the best start for the OUSD administration. Here’s a slightly modified report I just filed:

A flood — apparently caused by a tap left on overnight — shut down the Oakland school district’s four-story administrative headquarters today. The roughly 150 employees who report there will have to work elsewhere for the rest of the week, and Wednesday’s school board meeting will be held at the newly rebuilt La Escuelita Elementary School across the street.

The problem appears to have started in the custodian’s closet, gushing three gallons of water a minute overnight until the swampy mess was discovered at 6 a.m. Tuesday, said OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint.

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Oscar Wright: Oakland’s relentless education advocate

OSCAR WRIGHTFor years, I’ve listened to Oscar Wright speak at board meetings, calling on the district’s leaders to offer the same opportunities to all of the city’s students, regardless of race or income. He often weaves parts of his own experience into his remarks and entreaties, and I’ve long wanted a fuller story of the man behind the podium.

The profile on Wright, which appeared in Tuesday’s Tribune, includes two video clips of Wright addressing the Oakland school board (which, he said, he began doing in 1965, after the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

Wright’s full story doesn’t begin to fit in a newspaper article — he has almost 89 years under his belt, after all — but maybe you’ll learn something about him anyway.

This photo of Oscar Wright was taken last month by Tribune staff photographer D. Ross Cameron.