Education'S ARCHIVE

  • Here’s a brief recap of some of OCO’s education-related success stories AVOIDING DEEP BUDGET CUTS: At the Oakland Unified School District’s Jan. 11, 2017 board meeting, District leaders presented a budget proposal that included $10 million in cuts to school site budgets, $10.5 million to central office and $1.1 million district-wide. OCO leaders organized with […]

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  • Two celebrations took place over last week that are significant to both the Christian and Jewish faiths.

    Our co-chairs—Rev. George Cummings, pastor of Imani Community Church, and Richard Speiglman, a member of Kehilla Community Synagogue— took some time to reflect on what Passover and Easter mean to them. They also shared how those traditions relate to the work of OCO.

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  • Last Wednesday, Feb. 12, over 125 parents, students, community members and clergy from 15 schools and six congregations joined in a Valentine’s Day-themed “Share the Love” action. They held pink, red and white balloons and carried signs calling on OUSD School Board members to “Share the Love – Send Money to Schools Now!” Parent leader Luz Alcaraz from Community United Elementary School (CUES), Skyline High School student and Youth Together leader Shah Turner and Greenleaf Middle School students Noreli Garcia and Sara Renderos spoke on behalf of the group during the public comment portion of the meeting. Once again, they shared concrete examples of the critical and urgent needs facing school communities.

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  • This week, we’ve been busy setting up 1:1’s and research meetings along with the East Bay Asian Youth Center and other partners to take on the task of transforming Oakland Unified School District high schools, just like we did years ago with the small schools movement. This is one of the most important steps in our work, and it’s how we start building power.

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  • For the last two months, OCO leaders have been attending Oakland Unified School District board meetings to convince the board to approve policies that make sure the promises of Prop. 30 and LCFF get realized in our schools. To its credit, the board approved a new school budgeting policy that promises to allocate more money to schools, empower school communities and direct funds to the students with the most need. However, our work is not done. The following letter is one of a few that we’ve sent to the board to make sure they hear our concerns.

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  • Did you catch Gov. Brown’s State of the State yesterday? Among other things, he talked about the Local Control Funding Formula, Realignment and driver’s licenses for the undocumented.

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  • Last week was a big week for our education work. On Wednesday, the Oakland Unified School District Board, after hearing the many comments from the community (including a number of OCO leaders), approved a new school budgeting policy that promises to allocate more money to schools, empower school communities and direct funds to the students with the most need.

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  • On Dec. 11, OCO parents, students and school staff spoke up boldly about the Oakland Unified School District board’s proposed budget policy that, if approved, could affect the Prop. 30 and LCFF money that has been promised to the schools. While the school board has yet to take any action on the proposal, the community agrees that more information needs to be shared about how each school will be impacted so that we can understand whether this new system will truly provide equity for the students with the greatest need.

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  • Our Lifelines works has been picking up over the last couple of months. We co-hosted a community strategy meeting in Berkeley to figure out how to reverse California’s trend of having the largest number of prisoners in the country. That meeting was full of energy and kicked off a series of meetings in Fresno and one more taking place in Los Angeles. We held a community meeting with Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and other partners to get input on the proposed Community Advisory Board, which the Alameda County Board of Supervisors have been directed to form as part of the county’s response to the historic prison Realignment process that has been underway for the past two years. Another one is planned with Supervisor Nate Miley on Nov. 5.

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  • City, educational, business and community leaders announced today a new citywide effort focused on closing the academic achievement gap for Oakland high school students. The partnership will collaborate on an expansion of Linked Learning, a college and career preparatory strategy that integrates rigorous academics with technical education, work-based learning, real-world job experiences, and social support and intervention services.

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