BREAKING NEWS: Oakland Schools Chief Tony Smith Resigns

Tony Smith, the superintendent of Oakland public schools, announced his resignation today, citing the poor health of his wife’s father. Smith said his last day will be June 30, and that his family is moving to Chicago to take care of his father-in-law who was recently hospitalized. Smith was the district’s first superintendent after local control was returned to Oakland schools.


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“I am proud of the incredible work we have accomplished together and believe the Board, with your leadership, will continue on a positive trajectory,” Smith said in a letter to Oakland board of education President David Kakishiba. “Since the district returned to local control four years ago, we have made great strides in academic outcomes, fiscal solvency, community engagement, and organizational coherence.”

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