OUSD Board Watch

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October 28, 2011 As anticipated, OUSD voted last week to close 5 elementary schools. Marshall, Maxwell Park, Lakeview, Lazear, and Santa Fe are now slated for closure at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Against that backdrop, 4 new charter petitions were submitted to the OUSD Board. Lazear families put forth a petition with the qualifier that they did not want to do so, but were left no choice given the District's assumed intention to close the school down. Interestingly, two additional district schools not slated for closure, ASCEND and Learning Without Limits, both from the Fruitvale District, put forth petitions as well, citing the diminishment of autonomies critical to running a quality school as a chief motivator. If the ASCEND and LWL conversions go through, the schools will become members of the Education for Change family of schools (currently Cox, Achieve and World). Finally, the group 100 Black Men of the Bay Area put forth a petition aiming to create a quality K-12 option for African American males in conjunction with the newly minted OUSD sponsored African American Male Achievement Initiative.