Isaac Kos-Read 
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Re: “OUSD Backs Down After Charter School Threatens Lawsuit

Was it the threat of lawsuit or the scores of parents who showed up at the meeting and contacted Board members? That latter part was not mentioned in the article.

And if the threat is credible, is that perhaps because OUSD's actions are legally questionable, much like some of its budget practices? Board members voted UNANIMOUSLY in 2014 to authorize the school's application for this grant, noting that it would more than double in enrollment. All Board members still present voted for it. The sale was also unanimously approved by the Oakland Planning Commission and a City Council Committee. The parcel is too small to be used for affordable housing, and to date has mainly just been a source of blight, like so many small unused parcels around our city.

Charters are not a panacea, but in Oakland they have been a response to decades of dysfunction by OUSD. Fixing OUSD's problems - and for that matter some of the weaknesses of charters - requires both sides sitting at the table working in the common interest of kids. Neither side is going away or going to disappear, and the war of attrition between both is more destructive than good.

Posted by Isaac Kos-Read on 06/15/2018 at 11:53 AM

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