Tag Archives: Small schools movement

Principal Betlach leads a staff meeting at Elmhurst Community Prep.

As schools struggle with turnover, an East Oakland middle school keeps its teachers

“Teachers keep themselves here,” Principal Betlach says. “Not in the sense that we don’t do anything, but at the end of the day, it’s on them.”

Q&A: Meet new Oakland Education Association president Trish Gorham

With the new school year approaching, Oakland North sits down with the newly hired Oakland Education Association (OEA) president, Trish Gorham. In this wide-ranging interview, the new head of the teachers' union discusses school closures,...

Parents build tent city at Lakeview Elementary with help from Occupy Oakland protesters

School is out and parents who disagree with the Oakland Unified School District board’s decision to close five elementary schools—Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell and Sante Fe—at the end of this school year are protesting by...

Oakland parents on school closures: Where do we go?

Three weeks after the OUSD board voted 5-2 to close five elementary schools—Lakeview, Lazear, Marshall, Maxwell Park and Santa Fe—and relocate or merge several other schools, parents and staff affected by the closures are working...

OUSD school closures vote Wed follows years of creating small schools, then having to pay for them

The Oakland Unified School District's controversial proposal to close five elementary schools this fall, and more in coming years, follows a multi-year program of encouraging small small schools--subdividing bigger facilities into multiple smaller ones, each...