Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education
The newest piece out on the Hands Off Dewey struggle. This one takes a look at some of the key arguments OUSD has put out in favor of moving forward with demolishing Dewey. The District arguments, though, aren’t just about Dewey or just the white-washing of a bad plan by OUSD staff. They represent concrete examples of how neoliberalism and austerity plays out in our school district. The ins and outs of these arguments should be studied by everyone who wants to fight for a socially just OUSD and world. Definitely worth reading.
The past two months have seen an upsurge of community organizing on the part of public school teachers, parents, students and community members of Oakland against the privatization of the old OUSD Admin building on 2nd Avenue, and the threat of displacement that faces Dewey Academy next door. Though the organizing, discussions, actions and analyses generated from the grassroots of OUSD’s communities have been inspiring to all those participating, they’ve been demeaned by some in OUSD. High level board members and administrators have claimed that those of us against the privatization of public land are being “biased” in our positions.
Instead of appreciating and honoring the community organizing that happened this summer, a few high ranking OUSD board members have slandered it. Why? What’s at stake for them? What are the arguments for and against the privatization of public land?
In order to address our critique of the pro-privatization…
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