Posted by novometro on October 15, 2009
I interviewed Tony Smith yesterday and learned some interesting things about his background. His parents were high school juniors in Stockton when he was born. They were too young to care for him and he spent most of his childhood bouncing between relatives and family friends. He was on a path to juvie when an uncle sat him down in the 7th grade and told him he better start making some decisions about his life. The 12 year-old Smith wrote a six year plan stating that he wanted to get a football scholarship to Notre Dame. He spent part of high school in a group home in Placerville, but he earned a spot at Cal.
Smith said he has a plan to reduce to almost zero the number of students performing at the below proficient level on standardized tests within three years. That sounds about as likely as getting to Berkeley from a group home in Placerville.
Once the video from my interview with Smith is edited, I’ll put it on OakBook.
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Posted by novometro on October 12, 2009
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
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