The first week of April, the prestigious Annenberg Institute for School Reform publicly validated the work OCO has done to build the small schools movement in Oakland.
One hundred twenty-five OCO leaders and supporters gathered to celebrate the success of 48 small schools that have opened as a result of OCO’s organizing. The event highlighted the release of the Annenberg Institute’s six year case study, Building a Districtwide Small Schools Movement, that affirmed the power of organizing in education reform. They marked the clear impact that small schools are having in Oakland, providing better learning environments and better learning outcomes for students and families. For over ten years OCO’s small school movement has worked to gain equal opportunity to quality education, and serves countless young people in our city. Sustaining this reform and continuing to reduce dropout rates will significantly reduce the financial burden to the city to address issues of crime and safety. Four school board members were in attendance as we pledged to uphold the Oakland small schools reform.
The East Oakland School of the Arts (a small school) was a wonderful host. Students performed with spoken word, dance and music, sharing how much they value their small school education.