Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

"Oakland Unified submitted its reopening plan this week to Alameda County in the hopes of allowing some students back to class beginning on Jan. 25, but the proposal is also contingent on bargaining with the teachers union as well as the number of coronavirus cases now surging through the country," KTVU reports. "California allows schools … Continue reading Oakland Unified has a reopening plan, but many variables exist

Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

After property damage and looting swept through Oakland two weeks ago in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the national refocus on police brutality that followed, city officials are bringing legislation to the forefront to match the community's call for changes in policing. Specifically, the movement to “defund police” is moving briskly … Continue reading Oakland City Council, school board, begins move toward defunding police

Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

Sixteen- and seventeen-year olds in Oakland could soon gain the right to vote in school board elections. The Oakland City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday afternoon to place the question on the November ballot. “Allowing young adults to have a vote in elections directly impacting them, helps improve responsiveness of these governmental roles, and … Continue reading Oakland will decide if teenagers can vote in school board elections

East Bay school districts close classrooms due to COVID-19

Following a growing number of school closures statewide, school districts in the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro announced Friday that classroom instruction will cease until, at least, April 6, the day most students will return from spring break. Alameda school officials are also expected to announce school closures following an emergency school … Continue reading East Bay school districts close classrooms due to COVID-19

State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

Legislation that would help the City of Oakland finance infrastructure and transportation projects for a new ballpark at Howard Terminal was approved Monday by the State Senate. At the time of the vote, Senate Bill 293, which was authored by East Bay state Sen. Nancy Skinner, was approved 34-0. The bill would allow Oakland to … Continue reading State Senate approves Howard Terminal infrastructure district bill

City Hall Tip Sheet: April 19-25 — Oakland City Council offers OUSD students a lift

>Alameda County may oppose 'last call' state bill ALAMEDA COUNTY —  Regular board meeting, Tuesday, April 23, 10:45 a.m.  ENTIRE AGENDA HERE | Next meeting: May 7. -FAIR HOUSING- Alameda County cities will enter an Inter-Governmental Collaboration Agreement to fund a consultant that will ultimately conduct a countywide "Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing Choice Plan." The total … Continue reading City Hall Tip Sheet: April 19-25 — Oakland City Council offers OUSD students a lift

Bonta on Oakland OUSD state loan

I like to introduce bills that pass.—Assemblymember Rob Bonta during an Oakland City Council meeting April 16 when asked to propose legislation to waive the remainder of the Oakland Unified School District's original $100 million loan. STORY HERE

VIDEO: Oakland school board member put her hand around teacher’s throat

In the hours after negotiators for Oakland teachers and the Oakland Unified School District came to a tentative agreement Friday to end the seven-day strike came a reminder of just how divisive the seven-day strike has been. As teachers and demonstrators attempted to block an emergency meeting of the school district's Board of Trustees Friday … Continue reading VIDEO: Oakland school board member put her hand around teacher’s throat