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About 150 people attended the school district´s town hall meeting Saturday to talk about the hiring of a new superintendent of schools.

Oakland Parents Demand New Schools Chief Who Works for Black, Latino and Special Ed Students

A growing number of parents, students and educators are signing petitions and attending town hall meetings to demand the Oakland Board of Education hire a new superintendent for the public schools who has long term [...]
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McClymonds High School Raises Money for South Africa Trip

  This past Sunday, a few of MACK’s State Championship football players, cheerleaders, and other students from the OUSD Alternatives in Action Program at MACK could be seen washing cars in the school parking lot [...]
Azariah Cole-Shephard, center, holds her award while she is surrounded by family and council members. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Azariah Cole-Shephard Honored by City Poet plans to start a nonprofit to help Oakland youth patent their ideas

Azariah Cole-Shephard, the 18-year-old Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, was honored by the city this week for artistic contributions to Oakland and for her work advocating for youth.   After the honor was awarded to Cole-Shephard [...]
Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) Supt. L. Karen Monroe spoke at Wednesday's special school board, explaining why her office downgraded the district's financial health and issued a  public Letter of Fiscal Concern. Shown (L to R) are Board President James Harris, Interim OUSD Supt. Devin Dillon and ACOE Supt. Monroe. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland School Board Demands Full Disclosure of Budget Shortfall Board majority postpones resolution to cut $14 million next year

Demanding budget transparency, the Oakland Board of Education voted this week to postpone making $14 million in cuts that staff was recommending for next school year, saying they wanted administrators to answer questions about how [...]
(L to R) School Boardmember Jody London, Supt. Antwan Wilson and Board President James Harris at a school board meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland School Board to Grapple with $30 Million Shortfall, Despite Being Flush with Revenue

In mid-December, the Post reported that the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) faced a budget shortfall of between $22 million and $30 million, which the district did not confirm or deny.