Tomorrow is not only the inauguration day of a new President of the United States, it’s also an important teaching moment that we are prepared for and will process as a community.
For all families in transition seeking a new school, enrollment season is a crucial time to explore options, learn more about the unique features of each school and apply.
Each year we’ve achieved a balanced budget by making disciplined choices. Our budget recommendations for 2017-18 reflect the direction laid out in the Pathway to Excellence, provide funding for community priorities and leave an improved reserve for the future.
The mission of OUSD is to build a full-service school district and a significant part of this mission is to eliminate inequity. This mission recognizes that we must address the barriers that lead to disproportionate graduation and achievement outcomes for students.
We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure students and their families are safe at school regardless of immigration status.
During this Thanksgiving Holiday Week I hope you are spending time with family and friends. It is with bittersweet emotions that I announced my departure from OUSD as of this coming February. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your Superintendent since June 2014.
With the introduction of the our new School Performance Framework, we now have a comprehensive tool using several measures to assess school quality.
Restorative Justice (RJ) has grown from a grassroots initiative which began at one West Oakland middle school, to a District-wide paradigm for creating the learning conditions needed for our students to succeed.
As we come together to focus on growth, healing, and improvement, please know there are a number of resources available for our teachers and community.
The election process nationally and locally can be intense, it is of utmost importance after the votes have been cast and the results revealed that we come together as a community focused on our collective interests for progress and fulfillment. I'm counting on us all to come together to reflect, to heal, to educate, and to lead so that we model the type of behavior we expect our leaders to emulate both locally and nationally.
We serve over 17,500 students who speak a language other than English at home and trace their roots to 118 countries. The diversity of our families is an invaluable asset that will prepare our students to adapt well to an increasingly global and diverse society.
As you know, the State of California provides our District with over 80% of the funds we use to educate our Oakland students. What you might not realize is just how important your voice is in our budget process.
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and while academic success is the product of many ingredients, it begins with regular school attendance.