Oakland School Board Approves Curriculum Flexibility Plan

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 26 Apr 2012 01:20:10 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- The Oakland School Board has approved the basics of a plan to offer flexibility to individual schools when it comes to putting together curriculum.

The board voted 7-0 to move forward with the plan.

"There are all kinds of innovative practices all over the city," Katy Nunez-Adler tells KRON 4's Dan Kerman.  "I work in different school communities and there's all sorts of amazing things happening that are really making a difference in terms of outcomes for kids all over the city.  It's not a cookie-cutter.  It doesn't look the same at Coliseum College Prep Academy as it does at Manzanita SEED.  It doesn't look the same at Life Academy as it might at Oakland Tech.  So developing different innovative strategies to address needs around equity and the achievement gap.  We're really trying to address the needs of low-income communities of color particularly, of African-American males, of Latino males, of English language learners and of newcomers."

Now that the board has approved the plan, the next step is for the Superintendent to draft a specific proposal as to how it work.  Then the plan goes back to the board for another vote with the hope that the flexible learning could be in place for the start of the next school year.

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