How did we get here?

  • All students deserve safe schools with strong instruction and significant social-emotional supports—all things which require adequate staffing. However, under enrolled schools cannot support a sufficient number of staff to offer a strong instructional program nor can they properly serve as community schools. Under enrolled schools also draw a disproportionate amount of resources to operate, which means that other, fully enrolled schools receive less funding than they otherwise would, which negatively impacts these schools’ ability to properly serve as community schools and offer strong instructional programs. 


    Without making additional on-going revenue available, the District cannot stay solvent, provide competitive compensation to attract and retain high quality staff, operate such a disproportionately high number of schools (many of which are under enrolled), and avoid making programmatic reductions that fundamentally undermine the ability of the District to operate and provide a basic level of instruction to all of its students, particularly those students with the highest needs. Given these difficult tradeoffs, the Board opted to reduce the number of schools that the District operates.


    With these considerations in mind, the Board of Education passed Resolution 2122-0026 on January 12, 2022, directing staff to bring forth recommendations for possible school closures and mergers.


    OUSD Comparison to Alameda County


    For years, Oakland Unified School District has struggled financially and been stretched too thin to adequately invest in staff, facilities, technology, and updated curriculum. All of this has harmed schools, and more importantly, harmed students. But as a district that receives more money than most other districts in the area - and most other large urban districts in the state - how is that possible?


    Read the full message from CBO Lisa Grant Dawson

Resources to learn more

County, State & FCMAT Letters


Reports & Resolutions