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What do you want to ask Tony Smith?

Posted by novometro on October 12, 2009


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This is Tony Smith’s honeymoon. The full scale of the state’s budget crisis is not yet in the headlines, but the new superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District will have to make some brutal decisions his first year on the job. OUSD will be forced to cut at least another $25 million from its budget before the school year is over. Following two years of serious blows to the district’s budget, these further reductions will be painful, controversial, and will not be eased by Federal stimulus money.

So we thought now would be a good time to speak to Smith about his new job. We’ll be interviewing Smith in his office on Wednesday and we want to know what you want to know. Do you have a question about his stance on charter schools, or the decision process the district uses to close schools? Are you curious about class size, and school overcrowding? Send your questions to editors@theOakBook.com

This is Tony Smith’s honeymoon. The full scale of the state’s budget crisis is not yet in the headlines, but the new superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District will have to make some brutal decisions his first year on the job. OUSD will be forced to cut at least another $25 million from its budget before the school year is over. Following two years of serious blows to the district’s budget, these further reductions will be painful, controversial, and will not be eased by Federal stimulus money.

So we thought now would be a good time to speak to Smith about his new job. We’ll be interviewing Smith in his office on Wednesday and we want to know what you want to know. Do you have a question about his stance on charter schools, or the decision process the district uses to close schools? Are you curious about class size, and school overcrowding? Send your questions to

editors@theOakBook.com and we’ll pose them to the supe.

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2 Responses to “What do you want to ask Tony Smith?”

  1. cityofdope said

    I recently heard him speak and I’ve got to be honest with you, I think OUSd will move backwards. I mean he is saying things like more hands on learning, priject based learning, etc. We have been hearing that stuff sine the 70′s and it has not worked.

    What I did not hear himsay is how he will hold schools accountable, parents and staff accountability.

    He instead says that high schools are not connecting and therefore need to engage kids. What this means in a district with a high murder rate, a dropout rate exceeding 50%, and and excuse making attitude is a major crisis!

    Get ready for the drop!

    • Alex Gronke said

      City of Dope, I talked to Smith yesterday. He definitely wants to engage high school students with programs that will keep them in school (some of them he imagines will be outside of a traditional campus), but I heard a lot about accountability for all of us – parents, teachers, staff, students. The video will be on OakBook next week and on KDOL sometime later. Alex

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