Education in Oakland

Space Academy Update

Posted by novometro on February 7, 2007

Last week, I wrote a couple of stories about a new Oakland charter school that OUSD was eager to shut down. The school district claimed that the Space Exploration Academy and the Junior Space Exploration Academy weren’t living up to their promises after four months of operation and they needed to close. The school district slowed down its hasty move to close the schools, but many questions about these schools are still unanswered.

It’s not every charter school that can boast NASA and UC Berkeley as partners. It was only last fall that the schools started with $1.3 million in grants and ads on the sides of busses. What went wrong?

An OUSD spokesman said that the matter of the charter schools will be heard at an upcoming school board meeting with a staff report that will offer more information about why, how and when OUSD will revoke the charters.


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