BOARD WATCH: The Board meets for the 2nd time via video chat – here’s what they’re discussing…

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Note: Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order Nos. N-25-20 and N-29-20, members of the Board of Education, as well as the Superintendent or designee and other designated staff, will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations need be posted. You can watch the meeting as usual here, but you can also join the video call by clicking on this link at the scheduled meeting time or calling  (669) 900-9128, then enter Webinar ID 399 210 883, then press “#”.  See further details on pages 3 and 4 in the agenda.

BUTTON: Click here to watch a livestream of the meeting tonight at 6pm

Item #19-2517

The 2020 Facilities Master Plan was developed to describe a set of building and renovation projects that the District will pursue to support its educational mission. The plan is a roadmap that lays out how to approach:

  • modernizing aging campuses and improving deficient buildings
  • constructing or modifying buildings to align with changing demographics
  • and investing in facilities to improve operations, such as food systems, energy efficiency, or transportation.

The first draft was developed in December and they’ve identified $3.27 billion will be needed to ensure safe and modern learning environments for students. Since then, various stakeholders have been engaged to gather input via community meetings and online participation. 

Tonight, district staff will share what they’ve heard from the community, highlighting the District’s facility needs and sharing a range of scenarios on how they will pay for these projects.  The board will discuss the findings and proposals and will approve the final master plan in April. 

Items #20-0548 and #20-0631

Under Proposition 39, school districts are required to fairly share facilities among all public school students, including those that attend public charter schools. The Board of Education is required to present findings and a written statement to charter schools eligible for available district facilities. The District must also make a timely request if the district is unable to accommodate a charter school at a single school site. Final offers of facilities to all eligible charter schools must be made no later than April 1, 2020. 

The District received requests from 14 charter schools for the 2020-21 school year. The District identified and will be presenting an inventory of facility spaces that are available to fulfill these requests and took into account 1) the quantity of classroom space the school is entitled to 2) the grades served by the charter school 3) the grades served by other schools, if co-located 4) and the location requested. 

  • Six charter schools would stay at their current location:
    • Achieve Academy [Education for Change]  
    • American Indian High School  
    • Cox Academy [Education for Change]  
    • East Bay Innovation Academy 
    • Envision Academy  
    • Leadership Public Schools-Oakland R&D
  • Five charter schools withdrew their facilities request:
    • American Indian Public Charter School I 
    • American Indian Public Charter School II
    • Aspire College Academy  
    • Aspire ERES Academy  
    • Latitude 37.8 High School
  • Urban Montessouri signed their extension and will receive their final offer by April 8th.
  • Francophone will  be offered a co-location at the Former Toler Heights campus and the Brookfield Elementary School campus.
  • Unity Middle School will be offered the Former Rudsdale campus.

All public school students, whether they attend district schools or public charter schools, deserve adequate public school facilities to support their learning. The current way the District allocates space among district schools and charter schools is complicated and creates unintended tension between school communities as well as annual instability for students whose school sites keep changing. While some of the charter public schools are lucky enough to have a stable school site every year, others are faced with instability and are forced to divide one community across multiple campuses or co-locate with another school. Last year, tensions rose in West Oakland when protestors against co-locations disrupted student testing, increasing hostility between communities. Similarly this year, some community members are protesting the potential co-locations for next school year. 

While we believe that the current facilities law needs a refresh to ensure all public school students–district-run and charter–have a stable adequate learning space, Oakland students in public charter schools will need a space by next school year. We hope that the District supports school leaders to develop plans for bringing school communities that share campuses together to address concerns, make space for productive dialogue, and build community. We hope that these communities join these uncomfortable conversations with an open mind, community-centered, and most importantly keeping students at the forefront. 

Dirk Tillotson at Great School Voices wrote a thoughtful piece last year about this challenging Prop 39 facilities situation that comes around each spring – read it here for more on why the current law and practices are not working as well as students need them to.

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