OAKLAND (KCBS)—An Oakland Unified School District board member has vowed to vote against any new charter schools despite the fact that, technically, she’s unable to.
In a system already packed with alternative public schools, about a half-dozen more charter applications are set to come before the board this fall. School board member Jody London has reportedly said the city can’t support anymore. However she is prohibited from voting against charters based on the financial impact on public schools.
So is Oakland running the risk of being overrun with charter schools? It depends on you who talk to.
Jill Tucker wrote a great piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that that shows the numbers. One quarter of Oakland’s 49,000 students is enrolled in charter schools; they are moving out of Oakland’s public school system. Another 2,500 are on a waiting list.
The number of charter schools has exploded and while there are members of the board of education are reluctant to approve more, there is not much they can do about because the law is the law.