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Oakland is entering a critical moment in the efforts to resolve OUSD’s budget crisis, and we urge the Board and district leaders to exercise the leadership and discipline it will take to right the ship and truly address the roots of the current budget problems. The outcomes of the next couple weeks cannot be more instability and more mid-year cuts while tinkering around the edges of broken systems.

GO Board Watch: November 7, 2017

Welcome to GO’s School Board Watch for the meeting taking place Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

This week’s agenda includes the following key items:

  • 2016-17 Budget Crisis Post-Mortem Report
  • Board resolution for fiscal solvency
  • California School Dashboard
New Report Highlights OUSD’s Extensive Budget Issues
Need a crystal clear call to action for addressing OUSD’s budget problems? “The district should take immediate action to avoid further erosion of the district’s… Read More
What You Should Know About the Oakland Unified School District’s Budget for the Upcoming School Year

The Oakland school board adopted a budget for the 2017-18 school year that includes over half a billion dollars in general funds, which pays for the Oakland Unified School District’s K-12 education expenses. This was a hard financial year for the District. Faced with a deficit, the District had to make significant cuts to balance its budget.

2017-18 Budget Matters: School Budget Reductions and Next Steps
As schools are making plans for next year and preparing their budgets, we have had a number of questions about budget cuts to school sites.… Read More
2016-17 Budget Matters: OUSD Continues to Face Financial Challenges

The District is facing serious financial challenges and will need to make tough decisions between now and June to meet their financial obligations and avoid triggering county or state intervention. At the onset of these budget issues, we identified issues related to the current school year and issues related to next year (2017-18). This update is focused on the current year issues.

GO Budget Webinar
We recently presented our very first webinar on OUSD’s budget. We had a lot of great questions and appreciate people joining. Feedback: If you were… Read More
Testimony Regarding Resolution for Sanctuary Schools in Oakland
Board Members,   I am here to share GO’s support for the proposed resolution. The fear and stress that students and their families are feeling is… Read More
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