The Slides You Need to See from the Oakland Achieves Report

The latest report is out on achievement in Oakland, and everyone should be worried about the general trends and also the disparities.  There are some bright spots though, and it has important implications for district policy and the way we look at the range of public schools here. Too Many Schools Are Showing Declining Performance … Continue reading The Slides You Need to See from the Oakland Achieves Report


Nickel and Diming the District to Death; A Real Fix to OUSD’s Fiscal Problems

Death by a thousand cuts is what the headstone of OUSD will say if we can’t get our fiscal house in order.  We have current deficits and huge deficits looming, 20 and 60 million dollars roughly in each of the next two years.  And so far the approach has been to keep trimming the edges … Continue reading Nickel and Diming the District to Death; A Real Fix to OUSD’s Fiscal Problems


Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor

There is some powerful data coming out on school performance and operations in Oakland, often comparing charter public schools and the district schools.  The challenge comes in interpreting it.  Charter school overall outcomes are stronger than the district’s, particularly at the middle and high schools, but is that because charters are actually doing a better job, or is it … Continue reading Getting the Data System we Need in California Education; A Job for the Next Governor


The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning

“While students in OUSD seem to pay a heavy price for this poor governance, experts tell the Grand Jury that those responsible, the board and the district’s decision-makers, seem to pay little or no price for their actions or inactions.”- Alameda Grand Jury Report 2018 The Alameda County Grand Jury’s Annual Report drove another nail into … Continue reading The Grand Jury Is In on Oakland Unified and the Conclusions are Damning


Five Minutes to Midnight on the OUSD Takeover, and Micro-Managing Won’t Help

Things went from bad to worse for OUSD’s finances.  Three new data points came in this week and they all point towards insolvency.  At the same time, we saw some board members digging in on employee contract clauses, trying to regulate their way out of this, and asking the Superintendent to develop a training plan … Continue reading Five Minutes to Midnight on the OUSD Takeover, and Micro-Managing Won’t Help