The Oakland Post Salon Community Assembly will hold a Zoom meeting this Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m. to investigate the Oakland Unified School District’s state-imposed overseers and call for a return – after 20 years – of local voters’ control over their public schools.
Speakers at the Post Salon will include Jackie Goldberg, member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and former State Assembly member; Oakland school board members VanCedric Williams and Mike Hutchinson; Kampala Taiz-Rancifer, OUSD parent and teacher; Dr. Nirali Jani, education professor at Holy Names University and a former Oakland teacher; Frankie Ramos, doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley and OUSD parent; and Paul Cobb, publisher of the Oakland Post.
Cobb said he hopes the discussion at the Post Salon will stir action to end the control of Oakland by state overseers – a state-imposed trustee and the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT), a semi-public, state-funded agency.
“I hope we can inspire the candidates for Rob Bonta’s soon-to-be-vacated Assembly seat and the rest of our state legislative delegation to work to let the district have control of its resources and forgive the rest of the state loan, which Oakland never wanted in the first place,” he said.
“The state need to stop trying to penalize the district and instead to support it,” he said. “Our legislators need to ask the governor to recall and audit FCMAT, a quasi public body that takes no responsibility for its management of public funds.
“Their decision making has not proved to be any better than local decisionmakers. After 20 years, they can’t show any measurable improvement. We’ve paid them millions of dollars, and they had set us up to be charterized and to sell off district real estate.”
Join the April 18 Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 886 5183 4204; Passcode: 848752