• Connecting with Kyla

  • 06.12.20 Update on Our Budget

    I am going to be blunt in saying that we are possibly facing the worst reductions to education funding since the Great Recession as well as a great deal of uncertainty. I want to acknowledge how uncomfortable and challenging it is to face both at the same time.

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  • 06.10.20 Reimagining How to Keep Our Schools Safe

    I am recommending that we move forward to create a district wide safety plan to ensure safe, healthy, and positive school environments for students and adults WITHOUT a school district police department.

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  • 05.30.20 In the Absence of True Peace

    To anyone who is protesting, I feel you. I share your outrage AND I want my Oakland family to be safe, heard, and valued. I want our city moving as one to finally face the difficult history that we have avoided for so long.

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  • 05.22.20 Looking Ahead to Next Year

    Thank you all for working through these incredibly stressful times with such grace, compassion, and care for each other. We are approaching the possibility of opening our schools next year for online and in-person education with great care and deliberation.

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  • 05.11.20 Our Budget and the Road Ahead

    We’ll be sharing more information soon about future plans, but the impact of the coronavirus on our budget is one factor that will drive and shape our work for years to come.

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  • 04.24.20 With Justice on our Minds and Grace in our Hearts

    While everybody faces their own unique challenges -- some community members face much steeper challenges than others. This crisis is bringing inequities to the forefront that many of us have lived with or known about for years and even multiple generations.

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  • 04.16.20 The Future is Bright for OUSD Seniors

    A special message to the Class of 2020 from Supt. Johnson-Trammell. No other senior class in the past century has experienced what you are experiencing right now.

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  • 04.07.20 Oakland Stands United Against Racism

    In recent weeks, I’ve been sharing with you all the importance of us coming together to care for and support each other during this public health crisis. Oakland’s strength is in our diversity, and we take pride in being an inclusive city where we want everyone to feel a deep sense of belonging. Unfortunately, as a country we do not always live up to these values.

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  • 04.04.20 We Will Get Through This Together

    I write to you today with a brief COVID-19 update and to share some of my thoughts regarding the public health crisis which continues to evolve and has us changing the way we operate to serve our students.

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  • 03.26.20 A Moment to Reach Deep

    Tomorrow is a District holiday to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day. Fittingly, he said, “History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.” That is the standard to which we should hold ourselves everyday.

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  • 03.21.20 OUSD Week in Review

    I am so proud of how everyone, from students and families to staff and supporters, are handling this intense and unprecedented situation. Our city always rises to the occasion.

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  • 02.28.20 Coronavirus Update

    District leaders and staff are paying close attention to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the information coming from our public health partners at the federal, state, and local levels. We want to share some of the latest information from our health services staff and plan for the possible spread of the coronavirus in our community.

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  • 02.27.20 Confronting Environmental Injustice

    I am truly sorry for the worry and anxiety that McClymonds’ students and families have felt and the disruption to their lives and routines. We are doing everything we can to ensure a safe and healthy school environment for our students that we reopen as soon as possible.

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  • 02.25.20 Reflections on Our Budget

    It has been an intense period for OUSD, but I am deeply optimistic about our direction. I know it feels like we have been in the same cycle of budget reductions for the past four years, but there is actually an important shift that has happened in the last year or so.

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  • 02.10.20 The Path Forward

    Our mission is to serve the whole child, and we will. That is why we are creating a stable environment in which students and staff can thrive. In order to realize that mission, we have to continue to put our district on solid financial ground.

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