UPDATE: This event has been postponed. I’ll post about it again when it gets rescheduled.
Here’s a fascinating looking event for those of you with an interest in education issues.
From the always wonderful Great Oakland Public Schools:
Did you know that just over half of Oakland’s school-age children attend Oakland public schools?
Over the past 10 years, the number of school-age children in Oakland has increased, OUSD enrollment has declined significantly (although it increased this year!), 30 charters have opened, and private school enrollment has nearly doubled.
OUSD has enough school buildings to serve 68,000 students. It currently enrolls 38,000.
OUSD is making hard decisions right now. How many public schools does Oakland Unified need? Where? How many students should our district aim to serve? What data and values should we use to make these decisions?
Join GO Public Schools and MK Think
Thursday, January 27, 2011
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero
HOW MANY SCHOOLS AND WHERE?
a community convening for Oaklanders to access, understand, and discuss OUSD demographic, facilities, and enrollment data (PDF), and to offer feedback to the Regional Assets Task Force which will make recommendations to the Board of Education by June 2011 about how to “right-size” the district.
I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to this one, but I’d love it if anyone who does attend reports back about what they thought in the comments.