Aug 27 - My Take on the North Oakland Elementary Schools Controversy

The controversy over planned changes in North Oakland elementary schools has been worsened by the District's decision to stick to its original recommendation of merging Kaiser and Sankofa Schools, even after hitting pause for six months to get feedback from parents. Since parents at all the schools argued for changes in the plan, the district's choice to stay the course makes it seem that the parent engagement period was for show rather than substance. Now it is up to our school board to show whether they have truly been listening, or not.

Some parents and school staff have argued against any change, but there are many reasons why it does make sense for the district to do something to change the configuration of elementary schools in North Oakland, most of which have below-average enrollment:

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