There are many opportunities for those of you who are fired up about school budget cuts to learn more, and let your voices be heard. There are two meetings Saturday, March 26.

The first is a big town hall meeting organized by the Oakland Education Association. Public participation is encouraged.

OEA Town Hall Meeting 10 a.m. to noon Oakland City Hall Council Chambers 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

Speakers include Superintendent Tony Smith, Mayor Jean Quan, California Assemblymembers Sandre Swanson and Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan, and (possibly) State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

Also on Saturday, the School Board is holding a study session on its asset management plan. They are looking at how much excess property they own, and what to do with it, as they develop their "Thriving Students" strategic plan. (For more information on this initiative, please see www.thrivingschools.org).

Asset Management Study Session Noon to 2 p.m. OUSD Headquarters 1025 Second Avenue

Finally, here's some information on two more important meetings that comes to us from North Oakland School Board Member Jody London:

On Wednesday April 6, 5-8, we will holding a study session on our 2011-2012 budget. In this session we will look at our current school-based budgeting system, proposed central administration expenditures, reduction of non-instructional days, and related issues.  This also is critical input for our strategic plan. The meeting will be in the OUSD Board Room, 1025 Second Avenue.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, you will have another opportunity to take the Next 10 Budget Challenge in person.  The Junior Leagues of Oakland East Bay, San Francisco, and Palo Alto Mid Peninsula will be holding a Next 10 meeting at Claremont Middle School, on College Avenue across from the Rockridge BART station. This is a great way to better understand the state budget process.

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AuthorSteve Mundro