Oakland Schools Face $9 Million in Budget Cuts

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Kristin Smith (center) reads with her two daughters, six-year-old Juliana Smith (left) and four-year-old Gabriella Smith (right) in the kindergarden classroom at Sankofa Academy in Oakland, California. (Photo: Brittany Hosea-Small/KQED)

Oakland's school board is set to vote Wednesday on a proposal to cut $9 million from the district budget. Oakland's new school superintendent says the mid-year cuts are a result of years of financial mismanagement and overspending. Forum talks about how the cuts would affect Oakland's already financially strapped schools, what caused the budget crisis, and what it would take for Oakland schools to recover.

Oakland Unified Proposing $9 Million in Midyear Budget Cuts to Schools (KQED News)


Jill Tucker, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Troy Christmas, Financial Services Director, Oakland Unified School District

Nina Senn, Vice President and Director for District 4, OUSD Board Board of Education

Pecolia Manigo, parent of two children, Oakland Public Schools

Karen Monroe, Superintendent of Schools, Alameda County