On Thursday, February 23, OUSD’s Office of School
Transformation informed the faculties at Castlemont, Fremont and McClymonds of
a plan to change the staffing process at these high-need schools, also referred
to as “acceleration” high schools. The essence of this plan is that in March
2012, all teaching positions at the Acceleration Schools (roughly 60 in all) will
be reclassified as 11-month Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) positions. The
TSA positions will be posted as vacancies, and teachers from within OUSD, as
well as outside candidates, will be eligible to apply, with first consideration
given to those teachers already working at one of the Acceleration Schools.
Internal candidates not selected as Acceleration High School TSAs are
guaranteed another position within the District.
The TSA roles include a 204-day work year in
place of the conventional 186-day year, and 10 hours of non-instructional time
a month, as opposed to the current five-hours. In exchange for this and other
professional duties included in the job description, the typical TSA will
receive an additional month’s worth of compensation. The additional
compensation is made possible by a $300,000 investment in Castlemont, Fremont
and McClymonds that is part of a larger, overall commitment to improving these
For Castlemont and Fremont, the announcement grew
out of a year-long design process led by the Office of School Transformation.
This process included site-based faculty, staff and administration, as well as
community members and bargaining unit representatives in the work of
transforming Castlemont and Fremont into high-quality, full-service community
schools that are schools of choice for their local neighborhoods and
competitive with other, larger schools elsewhere in the city. The decision to
include McClymonds reflects OUSD’s increased emphasis on West Oakland and the
Board directive to prioritize this part of the city in the District’s school
The Acceleration High Schools staffing proposal
reflects the urgent need to accelerate student learning at historically
underserved sites and the critical importance of investing time and resources
at these schools. Doing so will allow faculty to consistently implement
high-leverage practices that are proven to boost academic achievement and
create better outcomes for students.
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