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Re: “Oakland Unified Has Too Many Schools

You say OUSD "...needs to lay off some teachers, too." I disagree. Since attrition is so high, I doubt any teachers would have to be laid off if reducing their numbers became the goal.

Also, I think it is important not to omit the fact that the silver bullet-thinking of the Gates Foundation played a huge role in all of this. If it wasn't for their influence and funding that prodded districts to create small schools, OUSD wouldn't be in such a mess.

Diane Ravitch explains @ http://www.forbes.com/2008/11/18/gates-fou…

"The foundation spent some $2 billion promoting the dissolution of large high schools and the creation of small schools. Big-city superintendents stood in line, ready to jump on the Gates' bandwagon, and today there are small schools in every urban district.

"Funded by Gates, some 2,600 new small high schools opened in 45 states and the District of Columbia..."

Posted by Pondoora on 05/12/2010 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Jerry Brown Raised $12 Million for His Two Oakland Schools

You can’t go by the API score without considering other information. Test scores of students w/disabilities are entered in to the equation when calculating the API. At every level (national, state, local) this subgroup presents the lowest of the test scores. When a school has 11% students with disabilities, their schoolwide API will be profoundly affected. Here are the 2008-09 figures (also, the trend).

Students w/disabilities
OSA: 0%
OMI: 5%
Skyline: 12%
Oakland High: 11%
Oakland Tech: 11%

Then there is the Average Parent Education Level to consider when looking at the big picture
OSA: 3.64
OMI: 2.46
Skyline: 2.74
Oakland High: 2.08
Oakland Tech: 2.85

("1" represents "Not a high school graduate," “2” represents “High school graduate,” “3” represents “Some college,” “4” represents “College graduate,” and "5" represents "Graduate school")

Considering all the money that’s been spent, I’m unimpressed with Jerry Brown's two charters. OSA's lavish spending is making it more and more appealing to the hills parent set (only 20% FRPL and dropping). As an aside, OMI’s excessive display at the Oakland Holiday was positively creepy.

Posted by Pondoora on 04/29/2010 at 7:09 AM

Re: “The Return to Public Schools

Skyline High School is seeing a shift as well. Families are transferring their students from O'Dowd, St. Mary's, and other private schools. They are quite satisfied with the wide range of academic offerings (AP and electives) as well as sports and clubs.

Just take a look at the four-year colleges and university destinations for Skyline's Class of 2009: Academy of Art University – Alabama State University – Arizona State University – Bennett College for Women – Boise State University – Brigham Young University, Idaho – Brown University – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo – CSU, East Bay – CSU Fullerton – CSU Los Angeles – CSU Northridge – Chico State University – DeVry University – Dillard University – Ex’pression College – Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) – Florida Memorial University – Grambling State University – Holy Names University – Howard University – Humboldt State University – Lincoln University – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Mills College – New York University (NYU) – Notre Dame de Namur University – Ohio Wesleyan University – Sacramento State – San Diego State – San Francisco Art Institute – San Francisco State – San Jose State – Sonoma State – Stanford University – Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina) – University of Arizona – UC Berkeley – UC Davis – UCLA – UC Merced – UC Riverside – UC San Diego – UC Santa Cruz – University of Nevada, Las Vegas – University of New Mexico – University of Southern California (USC) – University of the Pacific – University of Utah

As a long-time, 100% OUSD parent, who has a daughter attending Emory University(Skyline C'06), I'd like to welcome Oakland families back to the public schools!

Posted by Sharon Higgins on 06/10/2009 at 4:46 PM

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