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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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  • 12.20.19 Season's Greetings

    There is still much work to do to ensure the fiscal vitality and organizational wellness of the District, and to ensure that we have quality community schools in every neighborhood. But I am happy to celebrate all that we have accomplished this year.

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  • 12.04.19 Balancing Our Budget and Funding Our Priorities

    Over the past two years, we have made improvements and faced our budget challenges head on. This year, we started our budget development process earlier than ever to strengthen our prioritization process and communication with our schools and community. I am writing with an update on our budget, our need to reimagine how we use our resources, and what to expect in the coming months in terms of communication.

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  • 11.16.19 My Thoughts After an Extremely Difficult Week in Oakland

    I am reminded just how precious life is, and how at anytime, it can come to a sudden and unexpected end through no fault of your own. All of it makes me want to, first, hug my family and tell them that I love them. Then it makes me want to focus on the things that really matter, in life and in work.

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  • 11.13.19 Setting the Record Straight on School Closures

    We are not going to -- nor have we ever planned to -- close 24 schools. Unfortunately, I continue to hear this from the media and from some people who want to advance an inaccurate narrative in our community.

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  • 11.01.19 An update about our most recent Board Meeting

    It is important for us to begin to address this situation from a place of compassion for everyone involved. Even in times of conflict, we must uphold our values and respect everyone’s freedom of speech as well as the democratic process. I have given a lot of thought to what might change the dynamic in which we find ourselves.

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  • 10.24. 19 A Message About Last Night's Board Meeting

    It is important for us to begin to address this situation from a place of compassion for all of our community members. Even in times of conflict, we must uphold our values and respect everyone’s freedom of speech as well as the democratic process.

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  • 09.17.19 Moving Towards A Brighter Future

    Last week was an important one for the OUSD community. I want to share some vital news as we continue to move from crisis towards stability and create a high quality, sustainable public school system.

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  • 09.06.19 Building on our Strengths

    When I was a student in OUSD, educational quality was not equitable. Many of my friends did not get what they needed from the system. While we’ve made many improvements in the years since, there are still students who are not getting what they deserve. This must change.

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  • 08.11.19 This is What We Do

    The beauty of our District is that our students represent all backgrounds and ethnicities. We stand ready to welcome them all tomorrow on the first day of school. For me, the “Back to School’ season is one of hope and renewal. Our resilient staff rises to the occasion every year. Floors are waxed. Lesson plans are revamped. Meals are prepared. But most importantly, our educators are ready to greet all students with open arms.

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