Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education
The coalition to defend Dewey just finished up a very successful BBQ at Dewey Academy that brought out over 75 students, staff, parents, and community supporters of Dewey. Check out the pics. Be sure to not miss the video linked below. As always, for up to date info and more media, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stopgentrificationousd.
We need to build a movement to keep OUSD and the developers’ hands off Dewey. That means we need all the support we can get. Here are a couple ways you can help us:
1. Come tomorrow, Friday 8/1, and help us Crash the Developer’s Meeting! We’ll be meeting at 1000 Broadway at 10:30AM. Check the flyer here. Click on the images to get the PDF for printing.
2. Sign our petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/oakland-unified-school-district-and-the-city-council-hands-off-dewey-students-before-profits-and-meaningful-community-engagement
3. Share the struggle. Tell folks to like our Facebook page to get updates and show support: https://www.facebook.com/stopgentrificationousd. And share our hashtags too: #handsoffdewey #schoolsnotcondos #educationnotgentrification #rescindtherfq
4. Email board members. Here is a simple guide to help you write a quick email:
Easy Guide to Emailing School Board Members
Key Points: Don’t Demolish Dewey! Rescind the RFQ!
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Don’t Demolish Dewey! Rescind the RFQ! Dewey should not be moved because Dewey students are already at-risk. Moving their school, even for just one year, definitely raises the likelihood of them dropping out. Any other location would be unsafe for Dewey students. Dewey was just moved a decade ago and it was intentionally moved near Lake Merritt because it’s gang-neutral territory. Students have said this location is the safest place for them. Moreover, Dewey students as at-risk youth of color in Oakland, are always being under-supported and not prioritized. You of all people should not be thinking of demolishing Dewey.
Don’t Demolish Dewey! Rescind the RFQ! There are much better sources of funds than gentrifying Oakland and demolishing active, thriving public schools. We should cut managerial administrative positions and salaries instead. In 2012-13 (the most recent year with sufficient data), OUSD had 2x the administrators than Fremont, the next closest sized district in Alameda County. If we had the same amount of administrators we would save $13 million. And OUSD officials and Board members should start a campaign that developers, Kaiser, the Port, Google, and other Oakland and Bay Area corporations be taxed to fully support quality public education.
Don’t Demolish Dewey! Rescind the RFQ! In 2006, OUSD was also planning to sell off the land where La Escuelita, MetWest, the old headquarters, and Deweyare now. Then, families and staff organized against that decision and for new school buildings. Board members then made the right decision to not sell off public land to developers. You should make the same decision this time.
More Info on the Situation
(To help you write your own email.)
OUSD needs to Rescind the RFQ.
Any development project disrupts Dewey’s important and successful work.
OUSD does need more money but not from gentrification.
We have fought this before and won.
OUSD has been serving developers not students. There has been no community engagement.