OAKLAND (KCBS)— The Oakland Unified School District voted 4-3 to close American Indian Model Schools, a collective of charter schools, Wednesday night, despite pleas from parents and students who find its strict teaching and disciplinary style very effective.
School officials plan to appeal the decision to close schools that have courted their share of controversy over the years.
These are some of the most high-performing schools that you’ll find in Oakland. It’s also one of the original charter schools in Oakland. Its leader, Ben Chavis, is a charismatic, spare-the-rod, spoil-the-child kind of guy. But there was some question as to how he ended up being the landlord in their buildings and how he obtained consulting contracts. There are allegations that money was being directed towards him and his wife.
The school does have a lot of support, however, and that was reflected in how close the vote was.
Interestingly enough about three quarters of the students in these schools are of Asian-American decent. I think their families enjoy the disciplined curriculum and quite frankly they don’t want their kids to be in the Oakland public school system.