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Action Alert! -- MARK THE DATE
Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 - 6:30
HOUR OF POWER AT OUSD School Board Meeting
Without School Board Approval, Superintendent Wilson is promoting a plan to include Charter Schools in OUSD Options Enrollment Process. It attempts to blur the distinction between public and charter schools and would threaten the enrollment of those OUSD schools already being skimmed of their students.
If your school or child has been negatively effected by a charter school's enrollment policies, you need to attend the meeting or send a clear message to the School Board Directors (contact information in flyer link below).
This is NOT a solution whose time has come. The School Board should make decisions in the best interest of OUSD schools, not privately run, charter management schools.
Say "NO!" to Common Enrollment
OEA BELIEVES OUSD schools in every neighborhood should receive the support and
resources needed to provide every student with a quality education, not an enrollment system
that undermines their capacity to improve by directing students and resources away from
Many parents have expressed a desire for some degree of flexibility. The current enrollment
and student assignment system has not provided an equitable and efficient methodology that
addresses the needs of families. It favors those with the time, knowledge and fortitude to
navigate it over those who lack such advantages. We believe the proposed common
enrollment system does not fix and, in fact, perpetuates many of the problems of the
current system and adds new ones.
· Even its advocates admit that where a common enrollment system has been
implemented it has failed to fully address economic and racial inequalities.
Site based decisions should begin with site based enrollment. Any new system that
continues to keep enrollment decisions away from the site will result in
mis-assignments, overages, and underages. Such was the case when enrollment for
our ECE programs was taken out of the hands of those providing the service and
centralized to a location to which many parents were unable or unwilling to travel. ECE
enrollment dropped as parents found other, less bureaucratic, alternatives.
· Common enrollment is dishonest: It presents all schools in its system as public
schools, even though charter schools are privately run and not publicly accountable.
· Common enrollment increases inequity: It will boost numbers of families applying to
charters, but won’t require charters to alter discriminatory admissions, discipline,
suspension or expulsion policies. (District FAQ: Common Enrollment will not “control or
shape admissions policies at schools.”)
· Common enrollment further entrenches a market-based corporate model that
intensifies competition, instability, and a perpetual cycle of school disruptions.
· The unknown cost of this proposal is yet another diversion of resources away from
classrooms. Will this be borne entirely by resources that can otherwise be used to
benefit OUSD students?
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At least three times a year a member who is ill and is close to
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