Oakland Won’t Close Schools After All

Once the Oakland Unified School District’s plan to close fifteen schools floated around town, parents around the city raised a hoop ‘n a holler. Last night, before a packed house at Oakland Tech, the school board officially backed down. “It’s simply not the case that we’ll be closing schools on a big scale tonight or in the future,” said Board President David Kakishiba, according to the Trib. Nonetheless, the district faces some serious financial problems. The state’s budget crisis will mean more cutbacks from Sacramento, enrollment has dropped (and with it per-student state funds), and teachers and other district employees are past due for a raise.

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