After the Oakland Unified School District’s last meeting of the school year at the end of June, school site budgets in Oakland are getting $4.5 million more and there is funding for the teacher development pilots.

At that meeting, the school board passed a $548.6 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year.

We commend the actions of the Oakland school board. We appreciate the leadership of President David Kakishiba (District 2) and Director James Harris (District 7) in offering an amendment that addressed some of concerns raised in letters from GO and the Effective Teaching Coalition.

Their amendment, which passed unanimously, includes:

• A $4.5 million increase over the original proposal for school site funding to school site budgets.
Starts funding the Teaching Development Pilot and Human Resources data systems (in alignment with the new OUSD-OEA contract).
• Works to ensure that the Supplement and Concentration Grants under the Local Control Funding Formula will benefit the students to whom it is directed.

This is good news!

School site budgets were facing $12 million in cuts because of reductions in Federal funding and expiring grants. The details of the site funding increase still need to be worked out, but we know that after years of cuts, the board took action to prioritize sending millions of dollars to schools to address student needs.

Going forward, we will continue to advocate that OUSD defaults to putting resources close to children (because that is where the needs are) while making systemic investments to promote equity such as the Voluntary Resolution Plan to address disproportionate suspensions of African-American students.

Congratulations to the board and district staff for finalizing next year’s budget and making some positive decisions for Oakland’s students.

Editor’s Note: This piece reflects an individual opinion and is not a reported story from Oakland Local. Oakland Local invites community residents to share their views about events and issues in Oakland. See our community contributor guidelines.

2 Responses

  1. livegreen

    Who’s the author? Without one it looks like an Editorial. But your note says it’s not an editorial. Update needed?

    Good article btw. Could you clarify:

    “• Works to ensure that the Supplement and Concentration Grants under the Local Control Funding Formula will benefit the students to whom it is directed.”

    What does this mean?

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  2. Susan Mernit

    Live Green, it’s from a group called Go! Oakland Public Schools who are listed as the author; in addition the piece is labelled Community Voices, which means iy is by a community member. And at the bottom it says : “ditor’s Note: This piece reflects an individual opinion and is not a reported story from Oakland Local. Oakland Local invites community residents to share their views about events and issues in Oakland. See our community contributor guidelines.”

    What else would you like it do do to resolve your confusion?

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