Monday’s Budget Town Hall and Other News

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers at the Budget Town Hall I am hosting this Monday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:00 with Chief Business Officer Lisa Grant-Dawson. We will delve into some of the root causes of budget issues, and the timeline for upcoming budget reduction decisions. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.

Ms. Shaughnessy teaching from the new EL Education curriculum at Chabot.

 

Oakland Unified Enrollment Begins Monday

This Monday is also the date that the enrollment period for Fall 2022 begins for OUSD schools. The deadline for priority enrollment is Feb. 4. You can go to the redesigned website at www.ousd.org/enroll for more information or to start your application. There is also information about upcoming school tours (mostly virtual with a few in-person).

 

Ms. Haider and Ms. Ahmad dazzled at the annual Halloween parade at Piedmont Ave. Elementary.


Black Students and Families Thriving Task Force Listening Sessions

There are two upcoming virtual meetings for current and former African-American families, students, teachers and staff to answer these questions:

  • What do Black students and families need to thrive and succeed in OUSD?
  • What does love look like in practice in OUSD?
  • How can OUSD create a school culture that honors, respects and values Black students and families?
  • What do we need to heal and repair to move forward?

These are in-person at West Oakland Middle School, 991 14th Street, on Mon., Nov. 15, or virtually on Tues., Nov. 16, and Weds., Dec. 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. You can register here.


Student concerns about sexual harassment at high schools

Last week, there was a student walkout at Oakland Tech over concerns of incidents of sexual harassment and assault. This follows similar walkouts at Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland School for the Arts, and Ruth Asana School of the Arts in San Francisco.

Many students are refusing to accept a return to unacceptable behavior that also occurred pre-pandemic, and this is a natural extension of student movements on college campuses in recent years to demand stronger rules of consent and mutual respect. OUSD adopted an up-to-date sexual harassment policy in 2017 in a partnership with the Alliance for Girls, but there has not yet been the necessary education and implementation of this policy in our high schools.

The Biden administration is looking into reversing changes made by Betsy DeVos that weakened Title IX, which governs complaints on these issues.

I’m glad to see students demanding more awareness and more respect. This will require that we parents and caregivers have awkward but important conversations with our teens, and that not only teachers and staff, but all students, call out unacceptable behavior and hold each other accountable.

The Oakland Tech administration is responding by implementing consent and sex ed trainings during advisory for students, posting more information about the complaint process on its website, and reviewing the school dress code, among other actions.


Inspiring story of refugee student’s journey to the pros

Congratulations to Yohannes Harish, a graduate of Oakland International HS who is now playing for the Oakland Roots, the pro soccer club that is currently making its first trip to the post-season. 

If you want to read an uplifting story, check out this SF Chronicle article that tells how the school's Soccer Without Borders program helped him navigate his new life here and prepared him for success.


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